Feb. 4, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2012

C. Cornelia Lewis, a retired Erie County sheriff’s deputy, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo after a short illness.

She was 93.

Born C. Cornelia Blount in Berkeley, Va., she moved to Lackawanna in 1928 with her family.

Her first job was as a caretaker at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna, followed by employment as an assembly worker at General Electric and Trico Corp. In 1965, she began working as a sheriff’s deputy, retiring in 1981.

During the 1950s and ’60s, Mrs. Lewis was active in the Buffalo political community, providing support and hosting events for local politicians in her home. She also was a member of Esther Court No. 9, Heroines of Jericho, Eureka Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Past Matron of Paramount Chapter 57, Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Lewis was honored with a citation by the Buffalo Common Council in recognition of her service to the community.

Her husband of 36 years, Robert Lee Sr., died in 1974.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara J., Carolyn A. Hunter and Marva L.; and two sons, Robert Lee Jr. and Rodney C.

The family will receive guests at 11 a.m. today in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave., followed by a funeral service at noon.