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Jan. 9, 1941 – April 6, 2014

Delores Irene McLaurin, a retired certified nursing assistant, died April 6 in her home after a long illness. She was 73.

Born Delores Irene Peyton in Grand Bay, Ala., she moved to Buffalo with her family in 1957.

She graduated from Fosdick- Masten Park Girls Vocational School, Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and Erie Community College.

Mrs. McLaurin was a factory worker at Western Electric and Trico Products from 1970 to the early 1990s.

From 2000 to 2010, she worked as a CNA at various area health care facilities, retiring in 2010.

Active in her churches, Faith Baptist Church, for more than 25 years, and later Mid-Town Bible Church, she served on the Usher Board and Benevolent Committee. In addition, she served as a Bible scholar and missionary at both churches.

Mrs. McLaurin was a member of the Church Ushers Association of Buffalo and Vicinity; vice president of the Ushers of Great Lakes Association; a member of the Home and Garden Association; and a life member of the Cooking Club of America and NAACP.

She received the Church Ushers Association/Viola Starling Ushers Achievement and Service Award.

Mrs. McLaurin enjoyed swing dancing, gardening, cooking, sewing and decorating her home.

She loved to host elegant gourmet dinner parties for her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Steven B. and Kenneth McLaurin; two sisters, Carolyn Smith and Rose Peyton; five brothers, John Kennedy and Mack, Michael, Calvin and Trent Peyton; and a grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesdayat Mid-Town Bible Church, 1722 Main St.