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Marin Independent Journal
Thursday, December 6, 2001
GRAHAM, Eleanor Thompson, 90, of Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community, passed away December 2, 2001. Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel, Santa Rosa, 707-539-2921.
Eleanor Thompson Graham
Died on December 2, 2001 at age 90 in Santa Rosa, California, where she had been a resident of the Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community since 1998. Born in Comer, Georgia to Fay Davis and John David Thompson on October 15, 1911, she had lived in Texas, prior to her move to California, since her marriage to Russell Eldridge Graham in 1935. She and her husband moved to Bay City, Texas in 1940, and she made her home there for 58 years. In Bay City, Mrs. Graham had been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1940, teaching the Fidelis Class for 30 years, and serving as the pianist in the Adult Department of the church and in many other church capacities. She was a Charter Member of the Bay City Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and of the Bay City Study Club, and a long time member of the Chautauqua Club and the Bay City Book Club. She was an accomplished Book Reviewer in Bay City and in the surrounding communities. Immediately prior to her death, Mrs. Graham had provided book reviews to a number of organizations in Santa Rosa and Greenbrae. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981 and is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Graham and Herbert Kreissler of Greenbrae, California, and a son and daughter-in-law, David Eldridge and Lynn Graham of Alexandria, Virginia. All who knew Mrs. Graham agreed that she was a "true Georgia Peach." Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at Tiburon Baptist Church, 445 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, California. A private Grave Side Service will be held in Bay City, Texas, conducted by Dr. W.D. Baker, her pastor of over 25 years. Inurnment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery. A special fund in memory of Eleanor Thompson Graham has been established at Hospice of Marin. Donations in her honor may be sent to: The Graham/Kreissler Family Endowment Fund, Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL.
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