Obituary for Jean M. Graham

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Jean M. Graham

January 10, 1928 - December 18, 2018

Jean M. Graham, 90, of Decatur, passed away, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur, with Rev. Steve DeGroft officiating.  Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur.  Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to Decatur Bible Church or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.  Those wishing to sign Jean’s Memory Book online may do so at www.newellchapel.com.

Jean was born January 10, 1928 in Decatur to Ivan & Tina (King) Keyes.  She graduated from Decatur High School, Class of 1945.  On June 25, 1949, she married Gordon Graham in Decatur.  Jean was employed as a cashier at Kaplan’s Grocery for many years, and later as a clerk for the Village of Decatur in the water department.  Jean was a devoted Christian and attended the Decatur Bible Church where she taught Sunday School, served in the nursery and attended Bible Study.  She volunteer for many years with the local village elections.  She enjoyed knitting and donated much of her work to those in need through the Department of Human Services.  In her free time, Jean enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and spending time with her family.

Jean is survived by her children-Cynthia (Ed) Paroda of Kalamazoo, Michael G. (Pam) Graham of Glen Allen, VA; six grandchildren-Michael Hussar, John Hussar, Erika (Brandon) Bohn, Lyndsay (Joshua) Duncan, Brian Graham and Megan (Tim) Jones; three great-grandchildren-Juniper Duncan and Owen & Eva Bohn; her sister Joyce (Bill) Stover of Paw Paw, MI; numerous nieces & nephews; and a special friend Trudy Abshagen of Decatur.  She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon in December 2004 and her siblings-Elmer Keyes, Shirley Sandberg, Carl Keyes, Carolyn Keyes & Philip Keyes.

 

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018

Newell Chapel

Address:

83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018

Newell Chapel

Address:

83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018

Lakeside Cemetery

Address:

Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Burial at Lakeside Cemetery will follow services at Newell Chapel


Memorial Information

Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to Decatur Bible Church or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan


 

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Born: January 10, 1928
Died: December 18, 2018

Condolences for Jean M. Graham

Garry , Shelley and Opal Krum posted on 12/28/18

Our sincere prayers and condolences for your loss of Jean. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss seeing and talking to her. Mom Opal has has pneumonia so she is unable to attend the services. Our apologies. Praying for peace and comfort in the days to come.

 

Laura De Roo posted on 12/25/18

I have known Jean most of my life. She was my Sunday School Teacher when I was two. I have been blessed to have her in my life. It wasn't until I became an adult that I found out that through her husband Gordon, we are distant cousins. Jean and I both shared a love of gardening. Years a go Jean shared three rhizomes of an Iris species I had never seen before. I now have hundreds of them. The are beautiful and always bring Jean to mind. I look forward to the day when I see Jean again! Praying God's comfort for her family and friends.

 

Carl Wickett posted on 12/25/18

What a beautiful sweet lady. I was honored to become friends with Jean when she worked for the Village. Always nice to everybody always a big smile on her face and just a pleasure to be around! I hadn’t seen her much lately and regret that now but I have lasting memories of her.

 

Triena Keller posted on 12/21/18

Fond memories of drinking black coffee at the kitchen table with your mom! She will be missed. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Triena

 

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