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ALICE MABEL GRAHAM (published on September 27, 2008)

ALICE MABEL GRAHAM Alice Mabel Graham died peacefully on September 24, 2008 at Victoria General Hospital at the age of 100 years, just a few weeks shy of her 101st birthday. Alice is the last survivor of her family. She was predeceased by her sisters Edith Groocock, Etta Jean Appleyard, Blanche Sadler, Kay Hewitt, Myrtle Tait, and brothers Howard (infancy), Harry, Wesley, Edward, Arthur (infancy) and Fred Graham. Alice was born in Elgin, Manitoba. She spent her early years on the family farm, and later attended Normal School in Brandon in 1927 and graduated with her teaching certificate in 1928. Alice began her teaching career in Underhill, Manitoba. She also taught school in Deloraine, Croll, Stony Mountain, St. Vital and ultimately in the Winnipeg 1 School Division, teaching mostly Grade One. While teaching, she attended the University of Manitoba where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1935, and later obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree from United College in 1941. She continued to teach for 45 years until she retired in June, 1973. Alice travelled to the British Isles, Europe, Japan, Hawaii, the U.S.A. and enjoyed a cruise to the Caribbean. She belonged to Westminster United Church for over 50 years and was a life member of Rebecca Lodge, Olive Branch. Many friendships were made during her lifetime. She especially enjoyed her chats on the telephone with her friend, Dorothy Masurka. Family and young children were especially important to her during her lifetime. After she retired, she resided at 64 Nassau St. North for 20 years, eight years at the Wellington, and her last year at the Rosewood Alder House. Alice enjoyed a long and happy life until Macular Degeneration diminished her eyesight. Left to cherish her memory are many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She will be especially missed by Elaine Ainslie and her family. Many years were spent visiting her brothers' and sisters' families, especially the Sadlers. Alice loved to socialize and her interests were extensive. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held on October 18, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. at Westminster United Church with a reception to follow, hosted by the U.C.W. of the church following the ceremony. A private interment will take place at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank Wojcik's for their assistance and the kindness of the staff at the Wellington, the Rosewood Alder House and the staff of Victoria General Hospital on the 2nd and 5th floors. The month before her passing was difficult. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Manitoba Institute for the Blind would be gratefully appreciated.

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