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Florence V. Graham, 94, of New Castle passed away peacefully the evening of Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at her residence with her family by her side.
Florence was born in 1923, in Leesburg, a daughter of the late William F. and Bernice V. Davis Jones.
She was married for 46 years to Clarence R. Graham, who preceded her in death in 1989.
She lost her young brother, Thomas in World War II, and was also preceded in death by her loving sisters, Dorothy Riggans and Betty Kosciuszko.
She is survived by five sons, William R. (Charlene) Graham, James J. Graham, and Donald R. (Margaretta) Graham, all of New Castle, Thomas A. (Arlene) Graham of Lake Suzy, Florida, and John W. (Sandy) Graham of Bolivar, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Graham retired after 27 years of service as a nurse's aide at the former St. Francis Hospital in New Castle.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and her activities as a member of the Liberty Grange for 50 years. She will be remembered for her strong work ethic, lively conversations and her stories from her past.
She was a devoted caregiver to many throughout her life.
She learned to play guitar, sing and yodel at an early age, and continued her passion for country music, playing with many groups in Lawrence and Mercer counties.
In 2015, she was honored by entry into the Shenango Valley Jamboree Hall of Fame. She generously shared her time performing at nursing homes and VFW halls. She especially enjoyed her weekly Wednesday night jams with musical friends, and looked forward to her monthly Saturday night groups as well.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St.
A funeral service will follow visitation at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Marsha Parrish will officiate.
Burial will be at Castle View Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be viewed or offered to the family by visiting nogafuneralhome.com.
Published on October 27, 2017
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