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GERALDINE GRAHAM October 17, 1930 - November 13, 2012 Gerry Graham was a resident of Riverside for 48 years. She was born in Chicago and raised in Bensenville. In 1952, after graduation from Northern Illinois State Teachers' College in DeKalb, IL, she moved to San Diego to teach. It was not an auspicious start, as it lasted only a couple of weeks when her teaching position was eliminated. She found a job as a bookkeeper for a dry cleaners. In 1953, she returned to Bensenville and taught school for two years in the same elementary school she had attended as a child. In 1955 the California sun beckoned, and she returned to Chula Vista where she taught for 8 years. While there, she was editor of the Chula Vista Teachers' Association monthly newsletter. In 1964 she moved to Riverside. She taught for the San Bernardino City Schools as a classroom, resource, Comp Ed. Language Arts and ESAU teacher until she retired in 1991. Her teaching career spanned 38 years. After retiring she wrote children's books with a fellow teacher. 'Every Mom is Special', was published in 1993. She received the San Bernardino Teacher's Association Outstanding Elementary Teacher award in 1990. She also helped write a complete individualized reading program for the San Bernardino Elementary Schools. She was a member of the Riverside Assistance League, Alpha Delta Kappa, Riverside Alumnae Pan Hellenic Association, The Rialto Red Hat Rebels, and a long time parishioner of All Saints' Episcopal Church. She is survived by her nephew Joseph Kiewicz and family of Bensenville, IL, her niece Lisa Reisser and family of Bartlett, IL; her cousins Ardene White and Jeff Smith of Houston, Texas, and Florence, Mike and Richard Johnson of Bensenville, Illinois, plus her most recent assortment of stray cats. Memorial service will be held on Tues, Nov. 27, 2012 at 11am at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Riverside, CA. In lieu of flowers or donations, Gerry asked in her pre-arrangements that you think of her, as you purposely do a small kindness each day. Wake up with a positive outlook, say a kind word to strangers and friends. Be content with your lot in life. Make the most of each day. It is a gift we were given to treasure as the days pass all too quickly. Love unconditionally those who pass through your life. Celebrate the difference you make in our world because of the lives you touch.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012
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