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Aug. 25, 1925 – June 7, 2013

Mary Johnson, a community activist and namesake of a Buffalo street, died Friday in Niagara Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 87.

Born in Buffalo, she worked as a staff assistant and manager at the Buffalo Urban League for 23 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

Mary Johnson Boulevard on the city’s East Side was named for her during former Mayor Anthony Masiello’s administration for her volunteerism and activism efforts.

Ms. Johnson was on the board of directors of the Community Action Organization of Erie County where she also served as chairwoman of the Planning, Evaluation & Monitoring Committee. She was a member of the JFK Community Center Advisory Board, the Urban League Education Auxiliary Group, AMVETS Auxiliary Post 5, Ellicott Neighborhood Advisory Council and the YMCA Heart of the Home Club.

Ms. Johnson also was the site manager for the Erie County Nutrition Program for the Elderly and president of the Training, Education & Advancement Council.

Surviving are a son, George Jr.; and six daughters, Jean Ann Robinson, Estelle Arlene Blue, Catherine Lee Watkins, Virginia Beard, Anna Mae Hoskin and Mary Harris.

A wake will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Greater Refuge Temple of Christ, 943 Jefferson Ave., followed by the funeral at noon.