Vera Gusti Baumann Graham

Salt Lake City, Utah


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1928 ~ 2012
Vera Gusti Baumann Graham, 83, of Salt Lake City passed away on February 15, 2012 of natural causes. She was born May 2, 1928 in Hamburg, Germany. Vera grew up during World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1959. She attended Salt Lake Community College and obtained a nursing degree. Vera was one of the pioneers involved with the University of Utah NBICU and Ronald McDonald House and helped make them what they are today. Vera will also be remembered for her silk flower arrangements that she created and gave to friends and the YWCA. She is survived by her children Peter (Karon) Graham, Charles Graham, Valerie Oakley, Ingrid Olsen, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many dear friends.
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"I knew you for a short period of time, but you made a significant impact on my life. I remember your kind words and the advice you gave me the very first time I met you. You were truly created to touch lives, to be a blessing to all who had the opportunity to know you. The memories of you will forever live with me. May your soul rest in perfect peace" Asante Samuel (Neighbors Helping Neighbors - College of Social Work, University of Utah)

I love you Grandma, you were always so wise and caring to me.

I fondly remember the day of that photo. She wore little pink "squishy" rollers to bed the night before because back then hot rollers or curling irons were not invented yet. She wanted to look perfect for her graduation that she worked so hard for. I remember telling her that her nurses hat was a little too far back, but she replied: the back of my head is a little flat and it covers that really well. We (my sister and I) pinned the hat in place and were so very very proud of...

A couple of Mom's sayings:

Peace on earth will come when we make peace inside ourselves and take it with us into the world.

What you permit, you promote.

I think a saying that stands true for my mom is by Orson Wells: We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we are not alone. ...Illusion...

In loving memory of my beautiful Mom

Thank you for your loving care of my premature son who was born in 1975 and spent several weeks in NICU at the UofU. I have always remembered your kind, gentle ways and your sweet devotion to my baby's comfort and well-being. I know there is a special place in Heaven for angels like you. With all my indebted love, D. Burton