Betty Graham

ARTHUR – Betty Jean Graham, 92, of Paris, and formerly of Arthur, died at 2:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at her residence. She was a retired nurse.

A funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the Arthur United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bruce Weiman officiating. Burial follows in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church. Shrader Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Graham was born July 10, 1925, at Paris, the daughter of Vern and Verna Milburn Essinger. She married Dr. T.L. “Bud” Graham in Paris Aug. 9, 1952. He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1984.

Survivors include her sister, Martha Snoddy of Ashmore; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Rex Essinger; and three sisters, Dorothy Essinger, Rosie Furry and Mary Furry.

Mrs. Graham graduated from Paris High School as a member of the Class of 1943. She completed her nurses training at Paris Hospital in 1946 and also completed training in obstetrics in Chicago in 1948. She continued her nursing career at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola and was a nurse for Dr. Gordon Messmore for more than 50 years.

She was an active member of the Arthur United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthur United Methodist Church.

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