Nellie Graber

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Nellie E. Graber

ATLANTA - Nellie E. Graber, 89, of Atlanta, IL, passed away at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

She was born June 18, 1923 in Eureka to Harry and Mildred Hoyt Piper. She married Emanuel W. Graber on Oct. 2, 1945 in Washington, IL, and he passed away Dec. 8, 2007.

Surviving are six sons, Lester Graber and Kenneth (Deanna) Graber, both of Lincoln, Marvin (Sue) Graber, Ronald (Polly) Graber, and Wayne Graber, all of Atlanta, and Donald (Melinda) Graber of Lawndale, IL; two daughters, Karen Maaks and Vicki Koller, both of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Emanuel Glenn Graber, one granddaughter, Stacy Graber, five brothers, two sisters, two daughters-in-law, and one son-in-law.

Nellie worked at Eureka Williams in Bloomington for 30 years retiring in 1987.

She enjoyed over 62 years of marriage and was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed making crafts, cooking and baking.

She was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church and Taylor-Eckhardt American Legion Auxiliary Post 913 in Armington.

Her funeral will be at 11:00 am Monday, April 8, 2013 at Hopedale Mennonite Church. Rev Kurt Walker will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:30 am Monday at the church. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta, IL. Davis Mortuary in Hopedale is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hopedale Mennonite Church.

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Published in The Lincoln Courier on Apr. 5, 2013