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Natalie E. Gregoire, avid gardener, artist, volunteer; March 24, 1926 -- April 18, 2012

Natalie E. Gregoire, of East Aurora, a longtime garden club member, artist and volunteer, died Wednesday in the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Machias after a long illness. She was 86.

A native of Buffalo, the former Natalie Campbell was a graduate of Kensington High School and Buffalo State College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 at age 57.

She was a Federated Garden Club National Council Life Flower Show judge and a 19-year member of the East Aurora Garden Club, serving on many of its committees.

She was also a volunteer for many community organizations in Western New York and the Finger Lakes area, including Cornell Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H, the Bishop's Committee and Ladies Sodality of Annunciation Catholic Church in Elma, the West Seneca Developmental Center Sunshine Club and Literacy Volunteers of Ontario County.

After many years in this area, she and her husband, Paul, moved to Canandaigua Lake, where she founded the Federated Garden Club of Canandaigua in 1990, serving twice as its president.

At the district level, Mrs. Gregoire served as chairwoman of several committees and was a provisional gardening consultant.

She volunteered for 10 years at the world renowned Sonnenberg Gardens, designing fresh natural arrangements for display.

The couple moved back to Western New York in 2005.

Mrs. Gregoire was also an artist, creating many works in various media, including painting, ceramics, weaving, photography and quilting.

Her husband of 58 years is deceased.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher and Peter; two daughters, Kathleen Rose and Jeanne Brown; and a brother, Donald Campbell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.

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