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Oct. 12, 1934 – Nov. 3, 2012

Roberta E. Pelham, who was office manager for her husband’s veterinary clinic, died Saturday in her Williamsville home after a long illness. She was 78.

Born Roberta Ellis in Zirconia, N.C., she attended high school in Hendersonville, N.C., and came to the Buffalo area in 1962 with her husband, Dr. Paul H. Pelham. They owned and operated the Harris Hill Small Animal Hospital in Clarence for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1981.

Mrs. Pelham was a past president of the New York State Veterinary Auxiliary Association and was a volunteer for the Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross.

She was a member of the Golden Eagles at The Chapel at CrossPoint and supported many charitable organizations.

Known for her quiet compassion and cheerfulness, she enjoyed reading, studying Scripture, performing random acts of kindness and helping those in need, her family said.

Her husband of 42 years died in 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Cathy Martinez and Nancy, and two sisters, Edith Nelson and Anita O’Shields.

A private memorial service was held Monday in The Chapel at CrossPoint, Amherst.