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Myrta R. Graham 1911-2010

Jul 29, 2010

RUTHVEN — Funeral service for Myrta R. Graham of Ruthven is 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, July 29, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Roger Maize will officiate.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Graham died Monday, July 26, 2010, at the Ruthven Community Care Center. She was 98.

Myrta Ruth Graham was born Sept. 4, 1911, in Palo Alto County, southeast of Ruthven. She is the daughter of LeRoy and Etta (Cook) LeClair. She attended country school in Palo Alto County and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1929.  Myrta continued her education at Buena Vista College for a short time. She later was employed at the hardware store.

On Oct. 2, 1940, Myrta and Ervin “Mike”?Graham were married in Emmetsburg. The couple made their home near Ruthven where Myrta was a devoted farm wife, mother and grandmother.

Myrta was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven where she was an active member of United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday School for many years, and she was a past member of the Crown Hill Cemetery Board.

Myrta moved to the Ruthven Community Care Center four years ago.

Surviving are her children, Ronald and Mary Ann Graham of Virginia Beach, VA, Jim and Donna Graham of Ruthven, and Richard and Pat Graham of Ruthven; nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike; an infant son, William Roger in 1949; and two sisters, Georgia Bates and Lois Rezabek.

Condolences can be left at:  www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com