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March 20, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person who will always be loved and sorely missed.
January 17, 2018
Sliver moons and full moons, rain and sun and clouds. Lonely days and family days and all the days between. Leaves fall and tears flow and time comes and goes. On this day, your birthday, I wish I could wish you home.
June 03, 2017
Aunt Mary is one of my earliest and strongest memories and I will never forget the inspiration she gave me and the lessons she taught me. I remember her kind face and always listening ear. She taught me that love is all there is- it is more important than wealth or possessions or status or anything else. She taught me that giving is the purpose of life - no matter how much or how little she had. There are many stories that encapsulate her philosophy of life but the one that always stands out in my mind is the time my mom, brother , grandmother and I drove to Santa Barbara on our way to Mexico. I would have been about 9. We came into her house filled with trinkets and memories of s lifetime and she welcomed us with her big hug as always. She told us to help ourselves to anything we wanted to eat and pointed out a kitchen drawer which had donuts in it she said we could have. Excitedly my brother and I ran to the drawer and opened it to find glazed donuts covered with ants. She saw our somewhat shocked faces and without missing a best quickly came over and brushed off the ants and handed Jimmy and I a donut saying : "well they have to eat too you know!". We gobbled them down to the shocked glance of my fastidious grandmother. They were the most delicious donuts we have ever eaten.
I have never forgotten this lesson and the way that she opened her home to so many people - to anyone who needed anything- all were God's creatures, equal in her eyes- stray animals, war orphans in Italy, those down on their luck, all bathed in her love.
She wrote me long letters into my adulthood , after I moved to Australia, always somehow remembering every child's name and what they were doing in school, what their soecial talents were , no matter how many years had passed.
I love you with all my heart Aunt Mary and can never thank you for the inspiration you were to me and how you taught me to live as one of God's children. We will miss your presence among us and are so lucky to have been graced by it for so long.
"Little Marie" /Maria
April 08, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a big part of my young life.
March 31, 2017
My heartfelt sympathy to the Graybill family. Roberta Rambaud (Bernadette's friend)
March 29, 2017
My Grandmother gave me a large loving family, and she always greeted me with arms wide open. I had many adventures as a young child when visiting Grandma Mary. Her home was the hub that all the family came to reconnect. I love and miss her.

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