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Dolores Elaine Brown, library clerk, active in church

May 17, 1931 – March 30, 2016

Dolores Elaine Brown, who worked as a library clerk of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System for 35 years, died Wednesday in her home in Williamsville following a long illness. She was 84.

Mrs. Brown was born Dolores Monroe in Palm Beach, Fla. She moved to Buffalo in 1939 and graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School. She earned diplomas at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1951 and the National Institute of Practical Nursing in Washington, D.C., in 1954.

She married her husband, William C. Brown, on Oct. 25, 1952, in Washington, D.C. They were married for almost 60 years when he died in 2012.

Mrs. Brown returned to Buffalo in 1954, at which time she began her work at the library. She eventually became the senior library clerk. At her retirement in 1990, she won an award for exemplary service from then-County Executive Dennis T. Gorski.

A Catholic, she was a parishioner at St. Martin de Porres on Northampton Street where she was a member of the Women’s Guild. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading.

She is survived by a daughter, Laurie Brown-Croyts; a son, William C.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton St.

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