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Sept. 4, 1933 – Feb. 18, 2013

Mary Lou Stobie of the Town of Tonawanda, who devoted countless hours to volunteer work, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 79.

Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Lou Clark was valedictorian of her class at Girls Vocational High School. She worked as a seamstress for the Sample shops before leaving to raise her family.

Mrs. Stobie began volunteer work as a den mother for Cub Scouts, then was a Girl Scout leader and was active in the PTA in her children’s schools.

She did volunteer work for 22 years for Schofield Residence, where she was honored in 2002 for giving 2,000 hours of service. She also volunteered in offices and did fundraising for the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Food Shuttle of Western New York and Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She began donating whole blood for the American Red Cross in 1965 and became an apheresis donor in 1978 after her father died from cancer. She continued donating every two weeks until last year. In all, she made 714 donation visits and gave 89 gallons of blood.

She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion; the Suburban Serenaders; and Zion United Church of Christ, where she sang in the choir and played in the handbell group.

Her husband of 51 years, Harry D., died in 2004.

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Schraufstetter, Karen Howard and Darlene Evans; a son, Harry Jr.; and a sister, Rita Chambers.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda.