June 12, 1922 - Sept. 27, 2012
Barbara P. Ebsary, an artist and former teacher known for her portraits, landscapes and role in the "Herd About Buffalo" project, died Sept. 27 at Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. She was 90.
Born Barbara Pogue in Springfield, Ill., Mrs. Ebsary attended the University of Illinois, where she earned a bachelor's degree in commercial art in 1944.
She moved to Western New York in 1950 after meeting and marrying Stephen A. Ebsary, who owned a business in Buffalo.
They lived in East Aurora for 44 years. Her husband died in 1997.
Mrs. Ebsary was a local freelance artist and worked as a teacher at the Gow School in South Wales, in the 1960s and '70s.
In 1998, she was selected as one of the participating artists for Herd About Buffalo, a fundraising project for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in which 150 bison sculptures were scattered around the area.
Individuals or businesses sponsored the buffalo statues, which were decorated by local artists and then auctioned off.
Her buffalo, painted as a golfer complete with a hat, is at Harvest Hill Golf Course.
Surviving Mrs. Ebsary are a daughter, Janet E. Fairhurst, and two sons, Stephen A. Jr. and Jeffrey H.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Amherst.