Mary Georgia (Cronin) Graham

GRAHAM, Mary Georgia (Cronin) May 1, 1911 – Sep 29, 2011 Mrs. Mary Georgia Graham, residing in Huntsville, AL, passed away on Thursday, Sep 29. She was 100 years old. Mrs. Graham was born Mary Genevieve Ward to Karl Peterson and Mary Ward in Manhattan, New York City, NY on May 1, 1911. In 1912, through the New York Foundling Home, George D. Cronin and Kathryn (McManaman) Cronin of Spalding, Greeley County, NE, adopted Mary as an “Orphan Train” baby. She was an only child. As a young girl, Mary resided in Greeley and Frontier Counties. In 1929, Mary graduated from the Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, NE and, due to a Depression Era farm failure, returned with her adoptive parents to Spalding. In 1933 Mary relocated to Omaha, NE and furthered her education through Parsons Business School. Upon her arrival in Omaha, also, Mary went to work as a bookkeeper and account billing clerk at Gate City Steel Company and continued to work at Gate City Steel through World War II. On October 17, 1942, Mary married Vernon Jay Graham in Fremont, NE. Between 1946 and 1950, Mary and Vern owned and operated a restaurant/café in Logan, IA. In 1950, when the Graham family returned to Omaha, Mary became a bookkeeper in the employ of Briggs Pump Company. In 1953, Foster-Barker Insurance Company hired Mary as head bookkeeper, a position she retained until she retired in 1972. From 1972 to 1982 Mary and Vern resided in Missoula, MT. She became actively involved with numerous charitable organizations including the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion. Following Vernon’s death in 1982, Mary went to live in Rapid City, SD to be close to her daughter’s family and continued to serve in various capacities with volunteer charitable groups until 1995. In 1995 Mary returned to Omaha and continued to live independently until 2007 when she relocated to live with her son’s family in Huntsville, AL. Throughout her life, Mary’s secret to a long life was to be consciously fit and engaged with physical exercise such as tennis, volleyball, and walking. An outdoor enthusiast, she climbed Mount Hood in her youth and was an accomplished fisherman. During her twilight years she continued enjoying mystery stories, attending “Silver Sneakers” exercise classes for seniors, and knitting. She often said, “It’s a great life, if you don’t weaken.” Vernon, her husband of 40 years, preceded Mary in death. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Lynda Larsen of Swanzey, NH, and one son, Philip Elzy Graham of Huntsville, AL. Mary is also survived by 2 granddaughters; 5 grandsons; 7 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In Omaha, the family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, with a brief PRAYER SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries. On Wednesday at 10am, Fr. Frank Dvorak will celebrate MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL for Mary at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery at 78th and West Center Road.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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  • Carol Pinard Cronin Posted August 28, 2019 9:44 pm

    Philip, My condolences about your mom. Do you remember me? I remember you so well, visiting our home. You were related to John. He passed away in 11-15. Please email me if you get this.

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