Mary Ann Graham, 76

Published 11:06am Monday, September 9, 2013

Born: July 3, 1937

Died: Sept. 7 2013

Mary Ann Graham, age 76 years of Niles, Mich. died at 6:55 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles following a brief illness.

She was born on July 3, 1937 in Saint Joseph, Mich. to Richard and Edith (Spoonmore) Ketelhut. She was graduated from Saint Joseph High School, and has lived in Niles since 1956. She served many years as Deputy Treasurer for Niles Township (now Niles Charter Township).

Mary Ann was raised in the First Baptist Church of Saint Joseph. In Niles, she was active in bowling and golfing leagues. She enjoyed ceramics, reading mysteries and camping “up north” at the family’s place in Manistee, Mich.

On Sept. 1, 1956 in Saint Joseph she married John L. Graham who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and by her brothers, Richard Ketelhut and Robert Ketelhut, and sister, Patricia Charleston.

Surviving family includes a son, Ted (Sheila) True of Niles and daughters, Pat (Gary) Schrader of Niles and Peggy (Wayne) Shafer of Eau Claire, Mich.; seven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren; and Mary Ann’s sister, Barb Ketelhut of Bridgman, sister-in-law, Ruth (Mrs. Richard) Ketelhut of Deer Park, Texas, and brother-in-law, Wilbur Charleston of Bridgman; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Mary Ann Graham will be at Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Chris Noffke of Zion United Church of Christ in Baroda, Michigan officiating. Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Mary Ann may be made to Hospice at Home.

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