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Katherine E. Dyer, retired Ken-Ton elementary school teacher

Feb. 3, 1916 – Oct. 20, 2017

Katherine E. “Kay” Dyer, a retired elementary school teacher, died Oct. 20 in her Town of Tonawanda home. She was 101.

Born in Fort Covington, on the Canadian border in northern New York, the former Katherine Ellsworth was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated in 1936 from Potsdam State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She later earned her master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College.

She taught elementary grades in Fort Covington from 1936 to 1943 and moved to the Buffalo area in 1946. She resumed her career in 1955 in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools. She taught second grade, primarily in Lincoln Elementary School. and retired in 1976.

“She created all these plays to act out in class,” her daughter Karen Vance said. “She was one of the kind of teachers that people remember.”

Mrs. Dyer was a member of Kenmore United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, taught Sunday school and was active with United Methodist Women and other church groups.

A quilt maker, she took part in the Piecemaker quilting group, which made quilts for wounded soldiers and sick children. She also made quilts for each of her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a volunteer with Meals of Wheels, at Beechwood Nursing Home and at a soup kitchen in Buffalo.

She and her husband often traveled in the U.S. and abroad, staying in elder hostels.

Active in the Kenmore Garden Club, she enjoyed gardening and golfing.

Her husband of 60 years, Alfred, a teacher and longtime assistant principal at Kenmore West High School, died in 2001.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Lewis, Martha Rowley and Karen Vance; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 25 in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.

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