A Memorial & Celebration of Life will be. Held for Lois Blayton Dabney, Saturday, March 23 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue from 2 to 4P.M.
Mrs. Dabney, 95, peacefully passed away Monday December 10, 2018 in Columbia, Maryland. Lois was born November 1st, 1923 in Washington, D.C. where she grew up. She later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1945 and a Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Western Reserve University . She married Dr. Oliver Dabney in 1949. Dr. Dabney and his wife moved to the Buffalo area in the early 1950’s. They raised three daughters, influenced nieces, nephews and many of their children’s friends, and the community, as residents of Hamlin Park for over 60 years.
Combining a love of art and her professional social work skills, Lois worked at the Friendship House in Lackawanna and Neighborhood House in the Fruitbelt early in her career. A wife, volunteer and artist. She painted in oil and water color and supported many arts organizations in Buffalo. She was a volunteer over the years for many organizations including the United Negro College Fund, and the Urban League and professional Social Work groups. She was named YWCA Woman of the Year recognizing her community work. Although she was committed to the success of many organizations she was an ongoing supporter of her favorite social organization, the Girl Friends, Inc. She was “Phenomenal Woman”.
Lois is survived by three daughters, Anita E. Dabney (Austin, TX), Margaret S. Dabney (NYC, NY), Olivia L. Farrow (Columbia, MD); granddaughters Imani E. B. Dabney, Maya B. Farrow; sister Gwendolyn B. Robinson (Hyattsville, MD); a host of nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.
Gifts may be made to:
Spelman College 50 Spelman Lane Atlanta, Georgia 30314 ~American Association of University Women AAUW, PO Box 894, Buffalo, NY 14225; Buffalo Branch of the NAACP 395 E. Ferry Street Buffalo, NY 14208.