Feb. 5, 1930 – Aug. 28, 2013

Josie Mae Crosby, a retired Buffalo Public Schools employee, died Wednesday at her home in Buffalo. She was 83.

Born in Three Creeks, Ark., she moved with her mother to Buffalo when she was about 16 years old and met her husband, James, here. The couple married in 1950, and he died in 1968.

Mrs. Crosby was employed at a variety of jobs before and after raising her eight children. She worked for Rich Products and Birds Eye Foods, as well as at the old War Memorial Stadium. For more than a decade, she was employed as a cafeteria worker with the Buffalo Public Schools and retired about eight years ago.

She was affectionately known as “Granny” by her 30 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law, Brenda McDuffie, is president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Urban League.

Mrs. Crosby was a longtime member of Linwood Church of Christ, though she was unable to attend services in recent years.

Survivors include six sons, Gerald, Howard J., Jerome C., Melvin, Ronald and Jonathan A., and two daughters, Judith and Beverly Ann.

A service will be at noon Saturday in Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee St.