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April 19, 1912 – Sept. 26, 2012
Cornelia Williams Moss, born on a Native American reservation in Georgia and an active member of her church for more than 50 years, died Sept. 26 after a brief illness. She was 100.
Mrs. Moss was dedicated to her faith and her family, raising eight children, five of whom served in the Marines, Air Force and Army.
At her death, she had 49 grandchildren, 193 great-grandchildren, 77 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great grandchildren, spanning six generations in one family.
Mrs. Moss was born on a Cherokee Indian reservation in Americus, Ga., where she lived for her first five years before her family moved to Fayetteville, N.C.
In 1920, she and her mother moved to Buffalo, where her mother remarried and had six more children.
She married Robert Moss Sr. in 1931. In 1950, she joined Lord’s Memorial Baptist Church, which merged with Salem United Church of Christ in 1964 to form New Covenant United Church of Christ, and she remained active in the church throughout her life.
Considered a “mother of the church” because she was the oldest congregant, Mrs. Moss was a member of the church’s Women’s Fellowship, Usher Board and other ministries.
She also became a member of the Buffalo Youth & Young Adult Choir in 1965 and was a supervisor within that organization for 40 years.
“She loved and was devoted to her family during the good and bad times,” said her son Roger Moss.
“Giving advice and chastising when necessary, she never once ceased being the head of the family.”
She is survived by four sons, Raymond, Richard, Reginald and Roger.
A service will be at 11 a.m. today in New Covenant Church, 459 Clinton St.