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Ila May Graham

March 12, 1928 June 13, 2020
Ila May Graham
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No local services planned at this time. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell, Wyoming at a later date.

March 12, 1928 – June 13, 2020

Ila May (Vredenburg) Graham, 92 years old, was born March 12, 1928, to James Monroe and Nina Gertrude (Kemmish) Vredenburg near Pisgah, Iowa. The family moved to the Bowling Green, Missouri area where Ila grew up. Ila passed away on June 13, 2020, at 12:10 a.m.

Ila was the youngest in the family – James Kenneth, Donald Arthur, Charles Bernley, Dorothy Marie, Amos Scott and Ila May. Ila attended Hartford, Gazette, and Estes country schools and then attended Leavenworth Community High School. Ila worked at a garment factory in Bowling Green, Missouri and then worked at Sears and lived in a boarding room in Leavenworth, Kansas where she met Edwin Graham. Ed and Ila were married on June 1, 1946, and shortly after moved to Powell, Wyoming where they became the parents of Linda Lou, Vince Edwin, Andy Vern and Evan Lee. Ed and Ila farmed in Powell, Wyoming before moving to Oroville, California and later to Eagleville, Missouri to become closer to family. After Ed’s death in 1993, Ila moved to Crown Colony in Lamoni, Iowa.

Ila loved family get-togethers with her mother, siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved sewing, making quilts, gardening, canning, reading, doing puzzles, playing cards, games and visiting with people. She had a big heart and a fierce independent streak. She often said to her children “eat it, it won’t kill you” and when asked if something bothered her she often replied “I just let it go in one ear and out the other since there is nothing I can do about it.”

Ila is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edwin; her daughter, Linda; brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Bernley; her sister, Dorothy; sisters-in-law, Lucille, Sadie, Rose, Eva Lou, Irma, Bettina and Marge; brothers-in-law, Vern Graham, Kenneth Graham, Everett Graham, James Graham and Orville Grable.

Left to treasure her memory are her sons, Vince (Dixie) of Eagleville, MO, Andy (Jeannie) of Oroville, CA and Evan (Theresa) of Lamoni, IA; her brother, Amos Vredenburg; grandchildren, Sheila Siddall, Shonna Cartwright, Matt (Amanda) Graham, Jodie (Will) Graham, Andy (Jamie) Graham, Parker Graham, Rebecca Graham, Dustin Graham, and Kirk Graham; 13 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Graham; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

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