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BARNETTE, Mary Elizabeth Lasher

BARNETTE - Mary Elizabeth Lasher 93, formerly of Tonawanda, NY died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Richmond, IN. She was Dir. College News Service for SUNY Buffalo State 1977-88, Buffalo Philharmonic PR Dir., Amherst Bee Assoc. Ed. During WWII she was the first female reporter for Editor and Publisher Magazine. She is survived by daughters Elizabeth "Betsey" Alice (Robert S) Bruce, Kathleen Starr (Brian D.) Watt, and Melanie Anne (Thomas D.) Caldwell; a sister, Dorothy Siddons (Lasher) Rodgers; six grandchildren, Whitney Bruce (Patrick) Arthur, Justin C. (Stephanie Soleil) Watt, Matthew D. Watt, Kathryn E. S. Watt, Kenneth "Casey" C. (Ann) Caldwell and Patrick M. Caldwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth A. Barnette and a grandson, Jonathan T. Caldwell. Her brain was donated to the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. To sign the online guestbook or to send the family a personal condolence, visit A memorial service will be held later this year at Ohio University, Athens, OH. Donations can be made in her memory at Ohio U. School of Journalism or a charity of your choice.

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