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Temple Mae Williams, 91, church co-founder Feb. 21, 1921 – Nov. 24, 2012

Temple Mae Williams, a co-founder of a local church, died Saturday in Hawthorn Health Multicare Center for Living. She was 91.

Born Temple Mae Northington in Halifax, N.C., she attended local schools before she moved to Buffalo in the early 1940s.

In 1976, she became one of the founders of Stairway to Heaven Church of God in Christ, which was eventually renamed New Direction Christian Fellowship Church.

Mrs. Williams served as president of the church's Pastor Aid Board and its Building Fund Committee.

According to a relative, Mrs. Williams once corralled several of the church's youth to assist her in caring for an elderly and infirmed church member by taking responsibility for his household needs.

She was the widow of Jimmie Williams.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ, 143 Beard Ave.