SILVER CREEK — Lillie Graham, 96, of Silver Creek, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Cottonwood nursing facility in Columbus.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Silver Creek with the Rev. Murry Jay Johnston officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, all at the church. Interment will be in Silver Creek Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Merrick County near Clarks at the home of her parents Otto and Mary (Hansen) Dittmer. She attended grade school at Rural School District #7 in Merrick County.
On Dec. 19, 1941, she married the one and only love of her life, Rex Arnold Graham, in Yuma, Arizona. When Rex was in the Army and they made their home in Los Angeles, California, for the first year of their marriage. On Oct. 14, 1942, Lillie gave birth to their first son Gary. After the birth of Gary, Rex was called to Germany to serve in World War II, Lillie and Gary returned home to Clarks to live with Lillie’s parents.
On Dec. 14, 1942, Rex returned home from World War II and came home to be reunited with his beloved family. They lived on a farm 3 miles south of Silver Creek from 1945 to 1956 and then moved into Silver Creek. Lillie gave birth to six more children, Judy, Ron, Narka, Rick, Sindy and Todd.
Lillie’s many years of employment consisted of running the household while Rex was at work. She ran the ship with a calm and loving attitude and her wooden spoon in hand. Lillie worked as a part-time janitor for the Silver Creek American Legion and Farmers State Bank for many years as well as the bookkeeper for Rex Grahams Service for over 20 years. Lillie was also a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church in Silver Creek.
Lillie enjoyed spending time with her children, gardening, baking playing cards, canning and sewing. She was in the highlight of her life when there was a dance that Rex and Lillie had an opportunity to attend with friends, often stopping in the early morning hours for breakfast to end a perfect evening spent together.
Lillie is survived by her daughters, Sindy (Rob) Lindow, Judy (Edwin) Stankoski and Narka (John) Braun; four sons, Ron (Sue) Graham, Rick Graham, Todd (Lisa) Graham and Gary (Sue) Graham; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Wyman; and brother-in-law, Dennis Jasper.
Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; parents; daughter-in-law, Judi Graham; brothers, Ted, Jack and Bobby Dittmer; and sisters, Dixie Jasper and Ruth Jones.
Memorials are suggested to the wishes of the family.