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Obituaries for the Journal week of June 21

Bartlett L. Dudley

Bartlett Leland Dudley, 89, of Alamo, Texas, died June 11.He was born July 14, 1924 in Providence, R.I., son of the late Lofton Leland Dudley, Jr. and Virginia (nee Bartlett) Dudley.

He died at the Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen, Texas.

He attended Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., was a 1947 graduate of the New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, and, in 1950, graduated from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University. He served four years as a private in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, where he was wounded on Okinawa Island in the Pacific Theatre in 1945.

He worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Herkimer County, from 1950-1952. Moving to Cattaraugus County in 1952, he owned and operated the BARCAR dairy farm in East Otto for 45 years, in partnership with his son Joel for 15 years. He served as town justice for almost 30 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church there.

In retirement, he moved to Alamo, Texas. He served in the HOST program of the PSJA school district and was a volunteer at the Veterans Clinic in McAllen.

He was the husband ofCarrie Anne (nee Mills) Dudley, whom he married in Port Byron on June 25 1948. Also survived by sons Stephen (Holly) Bartlett Dudley of Alfred, and Edward Lofton (Kimberly) Dudley of LeRoy; daughter Charlotte Jo (David) Dudley Stahley of Springville; daughter-in-law Becky (nee Strictland) Dudley. A son, Joel Mills Dudley preceded him in death in 1996.

He leaves 12 grandchildren: Nathan (Chasidi) Hill, Anna (James) Hill Hintz, Jaben (Destiny) Hill, Luke Dudley, Beau Dudley, Owen Dudley, Mark Dudley, Crystal (Joshua) Dudley Duffy, Aaron (Christina) Dudley, Michelle Dudley, Garrett Dudley and Peggi Dudley. He also leaves great-grandchildren: Brooklynn Hill, Brodie Hill, Bryson Hill, Margaret “Maggie” Hintz, Lillie Hill, Jaben Hill, Khloe Duffy, Tiffany VonDeremption and Justin Clark.

He is also survived by one sister Nancy Dudley Cole of Blue Grass, Iowa; nephew: Dudley Cole and niece Donna Cole Van Laarhoven plus several great-nieces and nephews.

His body was donated for medical research and education through MedCure. A Celebration of Life service will be held by his family in New York later in July.

Ruby Shenk

Ruby Shenk, 94, (nee Mahnk) of Machias, died June 16 at Olean General Hospital. She was born in the town of Ashford on April 24, 1920 to the late Charles John and Mammie Ellis (nee Wilson) Mahnk.

She owned and operated a farm and was a member of the Machias United Methodist Church. She quilted, made hand-made crafts, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; of which she had served as past matron, was a charter member of the Machias Firemen’s Auxiliary; having served as president, a member and past president of the Franklinville Senior Citizens, was a 4-H leader for 10 years, a sponsor, bowler, secretary and president of the W.A.W.L. bowling league at Ischua Valley Bowling Lanes and enjoyed traveling and horses.

She was the wife of the late Martin Earl Shenk; mother of Kathleen (Duane) Williams of Arcade, Nancy (Richard) Preston of West Valley, Judy (Jack) Dalton of Machias and Robert (Janet) Shenk of Machias; grandmother of eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister of the late Emma Dean (late Harold) Lloyd and Harold (late Hazel) Mahnk; also survived by three nieces and two nephews.

Friends may call at the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., 358 West Main St., Arcade, on Saturday, June 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m., from the Machias United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joan Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Machias.

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Mary Boyd

Mary Boyd, 93, (nee Johnson) of East Otto, died June 11 at her home. She was born in Manning, S.C. on June 7, 1921, to the late Viola and Davis Johnson.

She retired from the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Machias in 1981. She was a member of the East Otto Free Methodist Church.

She was the wife of the late Carnie Boyd; mother of Maryetta (Craig) Boyd Lewis and the late Ernest Boyd; grandmother of James, Chandon, Andrea, Lauren, Ernest Jr., Tonya, Dominick, Michael, Rachelle, Jamar and Danielle; also survived by several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives.

The family will be present on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St., Springville, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the East Otto Brooklyn Free Methodist Church or the East Otto Volunteer Fire Department.

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Shirley Button

Shirley A. Button, 79, (nee Grimes) of Chaffee, died June 12, at her home. She was born in Medina on January 5, 1935, to the late Clark and Hazel Grimes.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed watching television, snowmobiling, cooking, gardening, reading and going for hikes in the woods.

She was the wife of Peter Button Sr.; mother of Judy Ann (Richard) Button-Hesse of East Concord, Peter (Paula) Button Jr. of Chaffee and Debbie (Dale Reynolds) Button of South Dayton; sister of Viola Grimes of Medina and the late Florence Wendt and Gertrude Fuller; grandmother of Suzanne (Robert) Kief of San Antonio, Texas, Abigail (Donald) Mayes of Holland, Jenny (Guy) Atwater of Elton, Terri (John)

Faust of Blasdell, Pete (Christin) Button of Ellicottville, Christine (Jeff) Button-Liddle of Holland, Andrew (Jessica) Button of Arcade, Dale (Catlin) Reynolds of Holland, David Reynolds of Cherry Creek, Stacey Reynolds of Buffalo, Tiffany Reynolds of Cherry Creek, Dezirea Reimer of Chaffee; also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 19 from the W.S. Davis Inc. Funeral Home, 358 West Main St., Arcade. Pastor Glen Mueller officiated. Burial was in Sardinia Cemetery.

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