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Ida L. Conyers-Moses, retired social worker, counselor

April 15, 1936 – July 24, 2016

Ida L. Conyers-Moses, of Buffalo, a retired social worker and counselor, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 80.

Born in Salters, S.C., the former Ida Conyers came to Buffalo with her family in 1949. After graduating from Hutchinson-Central High School, she worked as a nurse’s aide and a phlebotomist at Buffalo General Hospital, then moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1968.

In Texas, she became the first African-American deputy in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, then was an accounting supervisor at State National Bank.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Texas El Paso and a master’s degree in social work and family counseling from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

Returning to Buffalo, she worked as a substance abuse counselor for Northwest Community Mental Health Center and Lake Shore Behavioral Health, retiring in 2007. She was a member of the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Curry-McConnell and Antinell Martin; two sisters, Mamie Gamble and Martha Newell; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Centennial Baptist Church, 299 High St.

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