Mary Lou Graff, 85, of the Good Samaritan Home, formerly of Fowler, died Thursday (Dec. 12, 2013) in the home. Mary was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Quincy, a daughter of Horace "Jack" and Rowena Stephens Hipkins. She married Jerry Graff on Sept. 22, 1946, in Liberty Christian Church. He survives. Mary graduated from Liberty High School. She worked as a cook for many years at the Fowler Grade School until its closing. She then worked as a cook at Baldwin School until her retirement. Mary was a member of Melrose Chapel Church. She baked wedding and birthday cakes. She enjoyed camping, gardening, their cat Snowball, and life to its fullest. In addition to her husband, survivors include three nephews, Roger Thompson and his wife, Sandy, of Quincy, Craig Bridgeman and his wife, Wanda, of South Carolina and Brent Bridgeman and his wife, Erin, of Georgia; two nieces, Janet Lease and her husband, Terry, of Jacksonville and Amy Bridgeman of South Carolina; four great-nephews, Greg Thompson and his wife, Theresa, of Quincy, Mark Thompson and his wife, Lisa, of Ursa, Todd Lease and his wife, Kathy, of Bloomington, Ind., and Curt Lease and his wife, Denise, of Naperville; three great-nieces, Kelly Thompson of Fowler, Robin Lentz and her husband, Carl, of Quincy and Christine Honnigford and her husband, Scott, of Mahomet; one brother-in-law, Glen Bridgeman of Quincy; four great-great-nieces; and 12 great-great-nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Donna Bridgeman; and a great-great-nephew, Dakota Cantrell. SERVICES: 1 p.m. Saturday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, conducted by Pastor Ron George. Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park. VISITATION: noon until time of services Saturday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Blessing Foundation for Hospice or Melrose Chapel. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.
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Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
Quincy, IL 62301
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2013