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In Memory of

Mary Weedon

June 11, 2017

Obituary


Mary B. Weedon, a life-long volunteer in the Jamestown community, died peacefully in her daughter's home in Buffalo on Sunday, where she had lived for the past six years, following a lengthy illness. She was 86.

Born in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Mary was the daughter of the late Donald P. and the late Rosamond Braley. Mary moved to Lakewood, N.Y. when her father owned Watson Manufacturing in Jamestown, N.Y.

Skipping kindergarten, Mary was promoted directly into first grade and later, graduated as valedictorian of Lakewood High School. Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse...

Mary B. Weedon, a life-long volunteer in the Jamestown community, died peacefully in her daughter's home in Buffalo on Sunday, where she had lived for the past six years, following a lengthy illness. She was 86.

Born in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Mary was the daughter of the late Donald P. and the late Rosamond Braley. Mary moved to Lakewood, N.Y. when her father owned Watson Manufacturing in Jamestown, N.Y.

Skipping kindergarten, Mary was promoted directly into first grade and later, graduated as valedictorian of Lakewood High School. Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University's School of Journalism and School of Liberal Arts. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Alpha Phi Sorority.

Following college, Mary lived in Cambridge, Mass. while her husband, the late Frederick Renfroe Weedon, Jr. attended the Harvard Business School. Upon Fred's graduation from Harvard's MBA program, they returned to Jamestown, where Fred worked as Vice President - Secretary Treasurer of Watson Manufacturing. In 1976, after the unexpected and early death of her husband Fred, at age 49, Mary worked briefly at Jamestown Savings and Loan. Mary was the Director of Community Relations at WCA Hospital from 1978 until her retirement in 1996.

Until she moved to her daughter Anne's home in Buffalo 6 years ago for health reasons, Mary was a cheerful and tireless community volunteer, serving others in her work with Creche, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Humane Society of Chautauqua County, AM Rotary, Zonta, United Way, American Cancer Society, Joint Neighborhood Project, St. Susan's Center, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Keenly interested in culture and the arts, Mary was a member of Fortnightly, Great Decisions, Mozart Club, Allied Arts, Jamestown Concert Association and the Fine Arts Travel Group. Mary was a past President of the Marvin House, involved in the Watson Girls Reunions and was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown.

Mary loved spending time at her cottage on Lake George and world travel but most of all loved spending time with her daughters, sons-in-law and grandson. In addition to her beloved late husband Fred, Mary was predeceased by her dear brother George Braley. Mary is survived by her four loving daughters, Mary, Anne Petri (Peter), Susan, Ali Nufire (Tim) and her beloved grandson Ralegh Petri, as well as cherished nieces and nephews and dear friends. Mary's sweet smile, gentleness, kindness to all, tremendously positive attitude and intellectual curiosity will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held this Thursday, June 15, at 2:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 509 Prendergast Ave. in Jamestown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.