FILLMORE - Mary Royce Gayford, of 36 S. Genesee St., died Sunday (Feb. 12, 2017) in her home. She was born June 8, 1939, in Angelica, a daughter of the late Otis and Isabelle Woodruff Royce. On June 29, 1957, she married Gary Gayford, who survives. Mary was a graduate of Angelica Central School, class of 1957. While there, she participated in the band, debate club and cheerleading for basketball. In 1960, she and Gary bought a house on South Genesee Street in Fillmore. They have lived there ever since. She worked at many local companies, including Fillmore Central School, Fillmore Hotel, Jubilee Grocery Store and Robeson's Appliances in Castile. She also cooked and tended bar at the Birdsall Inn for her sister Thelma. Surviving in addition to her husband are their two sons, Norman (Mary) Gayford of Warsaw and Bradley (Gina) Gayford of Rochester; three grandchildren, Ian (Samantha) Gayford, Margaret Gayford and Cameron Gayford; and a niece special to her, Debbie Ellwood, as well as many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Walter Royce; and two sisters, Lucille Scott and Thelma Bennett. At Mary's request there will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials, if desired, can be made to: Fillmore Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 53, Fillmore, NY 14735. Online condolences may be made at www.koplerwilliamsfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore.
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