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Jan. 18, 1947 - Aug. 3, 2013

Mary Anne “Mini” Haney, the longtime executive director of the East Aurora Community Nursery, died Saturday in her East Aurora home after a long illness. She was 66.

Born in Buffalo, she graduated from East Aurora High School and went on to Buffalo State College, where she earned a degree in early childhood education.

She married her high school sweetheart, John T. Haney, on Aug. 14, 1965.

Mrs. Haney started as a teacher’s assistant at the East Aurora Community Nursery in 1978 and was appointed executive director soon afterward.

She was the catalyst that led the nursery to change locations in 1992, from Parkdale Elementary School to a new facility at Fisher-Price.

Under her direction, the nursery school achieved national accreditation in 1996, one of only three child care centers to do so at the time. In 2005, she was awarded the Dorothy B. Millard Award by the Child Care Resource Network for her leadership in the field of early child care and education.

Mrs. Haney retired in 2008.

A peace activist and strong supporter of such issues as quality child care, working families and worthy wages for child care workers, Mrs. Haney traveled to Albany several times to advocate for these causes.

She also was a member and officer of The Child Care Association and Directors as Leaders.

Survivors, besides her husband, include two daughters, Margaret Willick and Barbara; and two sisters, Kathleen Taylor and Barbara Carr.

Mrs. Haney’s other sister, Patricia Moll, died Sunday, the day after Mrs. Haney’s death.

A memorial service for Mrs. Haney will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in East Aurora Post 362, American Legion, 1 Legion Drive.