May 15, 1926 – Oct. 11, 2016
Louise E. Mayfield, of Buffalo, a restaurant owner and store manager, died Tuesday in the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 90.
Born in Buffalo, the former Louise Ellington was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School, where she played clarinet in the band. She attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, the University at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College and earned her banking certificate at the American Institute of Banking.
Mrs. Mayfield and her late husband, Floyd, were owners of May-Car restaurant and soda fountain for more than 10 years at East Ferry and Purdy streets. She was the only African-American woman to serve as manager of the Norban’s department store on Jefferson Avenue, a position she held for more than 20 years.
When Norban’s closed, she worked at Marine Midland Bank in the Fraud Department for 11 years before she retired.
A member of New Hope Baptist Church since 1934, and the church’s oldest parishioner, she played piano for the Sunday School Department and was active in the Baptist Training Union, the gospel chorus and the missionary society, and was secretary of the building fund. She served as a church trustee under three pastors.
She was president of the church’s Floral Club for 31 years and traveled with the club by bus to 47 states and several Canadian provinces. She organized the Inspirational 7, a singing group that performed at their home church and for other congregations.
For the past four years, she was a resident in the memory care section of Park Creek Assisted Living Facility in Williamsville.
Survivors include a god-daughter, Lorraine Ballou-Bonner; a grandson, Roderick Bonner III; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at noon Wednesday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.