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Mary Catherine Graham


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Mary Catherine Graham Obituary
GRAHAM, MARY CATHERINE; age 61; died April 14, 2014; at her home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The cause was pancreatic cancer. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on October 4, 1952, to James Howard Ward and Willie Bea (Moore) Ward. Mary was a graduate of Pontiac Northern High School, Class of 1969. She received both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1974 and 1975 respectively. She also received an M.S. in Rhetoric from Michigan Technological University in 1989. She worked as a copy editor for 20 years; most significantly, she was Editorial Assistant at The Michigan Historical Review from 2001 to 2013. Mary married Sidney West Graham on May 25, 1974. Their son Matthew Howard Graham was born June 25, 1976. He currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, and works as a system administrator for the Arizona Republic newspaper. Mary was active in Zonta and sang in the choir of the First United Methodist Church. She was known for her sense of humor, generosity, and deep and personal interest in her many friends. She was known for her love of animals, and she rescued many stray cats. During her final illness, she took great joy in feeding birds and squirrels. Her family appreciates the assistance of MidMichigan Home Hospice Care, and they are grateful to many friends and neighbors for their assistance and thoughtfulness during Mary’s final illness. She is survived by her husband and son; her sister Sandra Morales; nieces Kimberly Flores and Miranda Clancy; nephew Christopher Flores; great nieces Melissa Clancy and Sabrina Hurd; great nephews Michael Clancy, Stephen Lockard, and Nicholas Flores; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jean Frances Flores, nephew Jeffrey Morales, and brothers-in-law Jose Flores and Hector Morales. Visitation will be at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. Services will take place at Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014
Published in The Morning Sun on Apr. 16, 2014
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