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Carolyn T. Flynn, 96, active volunteer, widow of State Supreme Court Justice William J. Flynn Jr.

Aug. 3, 1922 – May 1, 2019

Carolyn T. Flynn, active for many years as a volunteer and the widow of former State Supreme Court Justice William J. Flynn Jr., died May 1 in her Getzville home. She was 96.

Born Frances Carolyn Taylor in Fort Smith, Ark., she was a graduate of Fort Smith Junior College, now University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and did secretarial work in the American Red Cross field director’s office in Fort Smith.

She met her husband in the summer of 1942 when he was an Army captain stationed at Camp Chaffee outside Fort Smith. They were married in 1943. While he was deployed to the Pacific Theater in World War II, she was secretary to the chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Following the war, they came to Buffalo, her husband’s hometown, where he practiced as an attorney in a firm with his father before becoming a judge. In 1973, after he was appointed to the State Court of Claims, they lived for a year in New York City while he heard cases there.

Mrs. Flynn served on the vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church and at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. She co-chaired two healing missions at All Saints and headed a committee to rally the religious community in a drive to sign up organ transplant donors.

The drive was inspired by Mrs. Flynn’s friendship with Elizabeth Green, a young patient she drove for dialysis for several years. She was awarded a citation by the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation in 1981.

Her committee was instrumental the following year in having a resolution approved by the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese in support of the donor pledge project and calling upon the national church to also do so.

She served on the Junior Board of Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle and was a former member of the Members’ Gallery at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She also was a member of the Cherry Hill Club and served as president of the Garret Club in 1988.

Known for her sense of style, she worked part-time for many years at Suzn O’, a boutique in Snyder.

She enjoyed playing bridge and writing. In 2014, The Buffalo News published her article in “My View” about the antics of Dave, a life-sized stuffed dog that sat ready to protect her in her car.

Her husband died in 2011.

Survivors include two sons, William J. III and Michael T. “Mitch”; a daughter, Barbara Carlton Flynn; and two sisters, Peg Taylor Braford and Joan Taylor Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder.

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