Maxine R. Graham died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Sunset Manor in Brush, CO, after a short illness. She was 96.|
Mrs. Graham was born September 21, 1917, in New Raymer, CO, to John R. and Lida Fenner Hunter who homesteaded northeast of New Raymer. Mrs. Graham and her twin brother, Max, were born in a dugout on the homestead. The family had a rich, full life in the New Raymer community, and all Hunter siblings graduated from New Raymer School and went on to college.
Mrs. Graham attended Colorado Teacher's College in Greeley CO, but she was called home to help out the family.
She moved to Fort Morgan in 1937 and married Emerson Littlefield, also from the New Raymer area in July, 1939.
Son, Gary E. Littlefield, and daughter, Sharon R. Simonds, were born of this marriage. After her divorce, Mrs. Graham remained in Fort Morgan for 27 years, raising her family and working for The Bijou Irrigation Company, Jacks Bean Company, Morgan County Abstract and Investment Company, and Scott Realty Company.
In May, 1964, Mrs. Graham married Earl. G. Eby and moved to Brush, CO. Mr. Eby died in April, 1973.
In March, 1975, Mrs. Graham married Ralph B. (Andy) Graham, Jr., in Cheyenne, WY. They made their home in Brush, CO. Mr. and Mrs. Graham enjoyed traveling with Ports of Call including the famous "mystery trips" to various countries, and in the United States. They were enthusiastic bridge players, especially delighting in Honeymoon Bridge. They were avid readers, loved going to their cabin in Estes Park, and were excellent dancers.
Mr. Graham died in January, 1993.
Mrs. Graham was a long-time member of the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan, and she served as Deacon on numerous occasions. She greatly enjoyed her family and was known as a formidable opponent in the family version of Canasta. She also continued to travel, played bridge and served the church as long as she was able. As her health declined, she moved to Sunset Manor.
She lived a life guided by her faith in Jesus Christ.
Maxine is survived by her son, Gary (Corliss) Littlefield, her grandchildren Kelly (Erin) Littlefield of Thornton, CO, Jodi (Gavin) Heisel of Brush, CO, and Jason (Holly) Simonds of Greeley, CO. In addition, she is survived by son-in-law Steve Simonds, step children Steve (Betty) Eby and Stephanie Eby of Fort Morgan, CO, and Sheila Graham (Keith) Lindell, Ralph B. Graham III, and Alex Graham. She was also much beloved by her eight great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon R. Simonds, older brother, Claude Hunter, her twin brother, Max Hunter, sister, Beth Hunter Hanson, and her parents.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 1300 East Riverview Avenue, Fort Morgan, with Pastor Aric Clark officiating.
Those who wish may make memorial gifts to the United Presbyterian Church.
Published in Brush News-Tribune on July 23, 2014