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Marguerite P. Robinson, retired school clerk, church musician

May 15, 1930 – Jan. 23, 2016

Marguerite P. Robinson of Buffalo, a school clerk and a church musician for more than 60 years, died Sunday in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. She was 85.

Born in West Newton, Pa., the second of six children, the former Marguerite Priscilla Corbin began playing piano at a very young age and soon was giving piano lessons to seniors in her area.

She moved to Buffalo after graduating from Duff’s Iron City College, now Duff’s Business Institute, in Pittsburgh in 1950. She was a legal secretary for 15 years for Trammell, Twersky and Gibson, one of the city’s few African-American law firms, and was notable as the only black trainer for legal secretaries.

In 1970, she became the school clerk in the office of the former Woodlawn Junior High School She retired in 1991.

Mrs. Robinson became affiliated with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church shortly after moving to Buffalo and served as church pianist and organist. A devoted Sunday school student who rarely missed a Sunday, she was a member of the Ministry of Education and directed the Male Chorus and Senior Choir.

Survivors include her husband, Levorn; two sons, Donald and LeMar; two daughters, Mae Edna Jackson and Cynthia; a brother, Donald Corbin; two sisters, Lois Lowe and Elva McKinney; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at noon Friday in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 226 Cedar St., following visitation at 11 a.m.

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