Niagara Gazette


February 9, 2014

Mary Grace Baker Luff

YOUNGSTOWN — Mary Grace Baker Luff, age 71, of Youngstown, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Our Lady Of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. Mary Grace was born on October 15, 1942 in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of Grace (Simpson) Baker of Ransomville and the late Frank Baker.

She was a 1960 graduate of Lewiston Porter High School and a 1964 graduate of Buffalo State Teacher's College. Mary Grace married John F. Luff in 1962, and they lived in Barker and raised their family for 34 years. John predeceased her in 1993. Mary Grace was a Special Education Teacher for 30 years. She retired from Barker Central Schools                after 25 years.

She was a member of Barker Faith United Methodist Church and had attended the               Ransomville Free Methodist Church. Mary Grace had Co-chaired the Niagara Orleans Special Olympics; was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (teachers honorary society); a member of the Town of Porter Republican Committee; a Trustee on the Village of Youngstown Library Board; a member of the Youngstown Yacht Club, a member of the Lewiston Porter Alumni Association; and a member of the Tatler in Niagara Falls. Mary Grace adored her children and grandchildren. She loved being with all of her family and was so proud of them all. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and entertaining family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving daughter, Susan Luff Goodnough of    Buffalo; her grandchildren, Ryan and Alexandra Goodnough, Joseph and Nicholas Fazzolari; two brothers, Peter (Barbara) and John (Karla) Baker, both of Ransomville; her dear friend, R. J. McClay; a son-in-law, Joe Fazzolari of Barker; and her beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Melissa Luff Fazzolari; and her mother and father-in-law, Gertrude and Donald "Pat" Luff.

Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 13th, at 11:00 AM in the Ransomville Free Methodist Church, 3924 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville, with the Rev. William Lowery officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Special Olympics New York, 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304-2290; or to the Youngstown Free Library, 240 Lockport Street, Youngstown, NY 14174.

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