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Mary Dawson Batease Graham 1936-2012 Mary Dawson Batease Graham, 75, a longtime resident of Royal Street in North Bennington, Vt., and more recently a resident at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington died Thursday May 17, 2012 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington surrounded by her family. She was born in Rutland, Vt., May 23, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Angeline (Lancour) Dawson. Mary received her education in Rutland. Mary was first married to Charles Batease. Mr. Batease died September 16, 1977. She later married Michael Graham Jr. at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church on February 13, 1982. Mr. Graham died on January 12, 2008. Mary had been employed as a caretaker for the elderly for most of her life. Mary's main interests were God and family. She especially enjoyed family gatherings. Survivors include her children, Diane Bishop and Joseph Bishop both of Bennington, Vickie Duda of Colonie, N.Y., Sheena Reilly of Atlanta, Georgia, Paul Batease of Bennington and Todd Batease of Moodus, Conn. Her step children, Dee Dee Scheerer of Buskirk, N.Y., Debbie Carter of Bennington, Vt., and John Graham of Birmingham, Alabama; twenty grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four foster children; a sister Patty Smith of Bennington and two brothers, Eli and Robert Dawson of Bennington. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was pre-deceased by a son Raymond Bishop and a sister Emily Dow. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday May 21, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. with a prayer and then from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington at 2 p.m. where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered. The burial will take place in the family lot in Saint John's Cemetery in North Bennington. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Sunday May 20, 2012 from 4 to 7p.m. when the family will be in attendance. If friends desire contributions in memory of Mary Graham may be made to Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2012
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