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Alice Reed Graham, 97, passed peacefully at her home in Naples, Florida, on Saturday (Sept. 12, 2016).
She was born May 2, 1919, in Sandstone, to Roxie Ann Cales Reed and Stewart Preston Reed. She married her soulmate, Billy Joe Graham, in 1939, and enjoyed 56 years of marriage. She was the oldest living graduate of Greenbrier District High School Class of 1937 and also attended classes at Fairmont State College.
A homemaker for many years, she was later employed as a seamstress for the Vogue Shoppe in Fairmont. Her sewing advice was also prized by customers at Hartley's Department Store, where she sold fabrics and linens. She then worked for many year as a reading aide at several elementary schools in Marion County, retiring in 1984.
Florida became their winter residence, first on Marco Island, the Naples. Following her husband's death in 1995, Naples became her permanent residence.
While in Fairmont, she was active with the Girl Scouts, her garden club and the First Baptist Church of Fairmont. In addition to sewing and other needlework crafts, she enjoyed cooking and was especially known for her pies. In Naples, she was active in the Spencer Circle and as an office volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church of Naples.
Alice is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Carolyn Sessions Graham of Locust Grove, Virginia; her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Stanard Swihart of Naples, Florida, and Fairmont; grandchildren, Michael Graham (Connie), Beth Graham (Anne), and Evan, Andrew and Susan Swihart; as well as great-grandchildren, David, Steven, Adam, Lauren and Jamie Graham; sister, Jeanette Reed Moats of Burtonsville, Maryland; nephew, Ronald Moats; and niece, Sandra Moats (Jeff) Hamke.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her brother, Samuel Reed; and sisters, Ruby Reed Gwinn and Mary Ellen Reed Bainbridge; and brother-in-law, Richard Moats.
Her remains will be placed beside her husband in the mausoleum at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.
A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Jackson and Jefferson in Fairmont.
Published on November 26, 2016
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