April 2, 1945 – June 16, 2014

Margarette “Queen” Breckenridge, of Amherst, a longtime elementary school teacher and community activist, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 69.

Born Margarette Cunningham in Jacksonville, Ala., she attended Tuskegee Institute and completed her bachelor’s degree in reading and elementary education at Buffalo State College, earned a master’s degree in education at Canisius College and an education post-master’s certificate at the University at Buffalo.

A dedicated teacher and scholar, Mrs. Breckenridge taught elementary students for 42 years – two years with the Diocese of Buffalo and the remainder at Buffalo Public Schools, including Martin Luther King and Early Childhood Centers 90, 61, 82 and 74.

Recognized for her teaching and services in the community, she was the recipient of many awards, including, the Apple For the Teacher award and Outstanding Achievement in Elementary Education, for respecting diversity and individual differences.

An activist, Mrs. Breckenridge served on the African American Community Committee for Historical Studies at Buffalo State and also worked in the community, helping to improve literacy for underprivileged children.

She also helped retired veterans needing help to complete forms for assistance after being injured or suffering from post-traumatic stress.

She was active with the Buffalo Urban League, Cradle Beach Camp and the Charles “the Tuna” Chapman Foundation.

Mrs. Breckenridge was a member for the Buffalo Teachers Federation, NAACP and Stockbridge Avenue Block Club.

She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Census Bureau and YMCA senior program, and a strong advocate for St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

Her husband of 47 years, Ronald Lloyd, died March 14.

Survivors include a daughter, Desiree Breckenridge-Barnes; a son, Darryl; two sisters, Edna Johnson-Reed and Carol Garrett-Thorton; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.