Mary Alice Graham

June 9, 1939 - November 5, 2021
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Mary Alice Graham, age 82 of Lima, passed at 6:57 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2021, at St. Rita’s Mercy Health. She was born June 9, 1939, in Lima, Ohio to the late Ronald and Mary Helen Miller Kennedy. On June 13, 1957, she married William K. “Bill” Graham who survives.

Mary was a 1957 graduate of Shawnee High School, homemaker and a member of the Grace Gospel Church in St. Paris, Ohio. She was very talented and had a passion for collecting a large variety of items. Some of her hobbies were making custom jewelry, shopping, decorating, and working with nature in her flower and rock gardens.

Fall was one of her favorite times of the year. Taking family trips, looking at the leaves, traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway where they would look at the flowers and the beautiful colors of the leaves, and she looked forward to seeing the Rhododendrons. It didn’t matter where they went if they were together.

She was multifaceted and yet uncomplicated. She lived for her family and will be remembered for her love of nature, naturally seeing the good in others, always making others feel special, and being very loving and unselfish person.

She was blessed with a wonderful family which include her husband of 64 years – Bill; their children – Timothy (Lynette Taviano) Graham of Lima; Rebecca (Bruce) Sowders of Lima; Beth (Gregg) Sleutz of St. Paris; Sarah Kuncel of Lima; 15 grandchildren – Justin Graham, Abbey (Patrick) Simpson; Bo Sleutz, Luke Graham, John Sowders, Jud Sleutz, Breanna Graham, Cloe Sowders, Caleb (Olivia) Sowders, Sierra Graham, Myra (Braiden) Bowermeister, Andy (Danielle) Kuncel, Lillian Kuncel, Aramia Kuncel, Fiona Kuncel; 12 great grandchildren – Lily Graham, William Simpson, Annelise Graham, Odessa Simpson, Zora Flanagan-Graham, Samantha Simpson, Layla Kuncel, Annika Kuncel, Noah Simpson, Gabriel Simpson, Briggs Sowders, Baby Boy Bowermeister; 3 sisters – Loretta Davis of Wapakoneta; Bonnie Kirshner of Lima; Diane Frank of Lima.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law – Kurt Kuncel; 2 grandsons – John Sowders and Jud Sleutz.

Funeral services will begin 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Lloyd Lusk will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery near Uniopolis. The family will have a gathering following the burial at Tim Graham’s house at 19889 Boundry Road, Lima, OH 45806.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace Gospel Church, Benevolent Fund, 12725 Wolcott Rd, Saint Paris, OH 43072.

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Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm


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Born: June 9, 1939
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Pastor John Mcrae posted on 11/9/21

Mary was a very sympathetic, special and lovely person that went out of her way to do sweet things for other people. Cards, flowers, gifts came from her to so many people, on so many different occasions. You could see by the smile on her face that her joy was in seeing others uplifted and encouraged. 'Till we meet again!', Pastor John McRae


Kathy Melms posted on 11/8/21

Our love and prayers are with the entire Graham family and relation at this time with the loss of their precious Mary Alice. We've known Mary and Bill for a good 45 plus years when our own family was young and growing. In the early 80's they would make a trip north to our home in Toledo once a month. We shared memorable fellowship on Friday night's with several other families from Toledo. Those were great times of Bible study etc. that lasted 4 to 5 years. Later our family made the move south and attended the same church. We have always looked up to Mary and Bill as our examples of a close Christian family.Mary,who is 8 years my senior, has been my inspiration. I was fortunate to share girlfriend trips and outings with her and two other special friends. It was fun times of just simple outings of shopping, doing lunch, traveling to out of state Christian friends homes, learning her beading technique, or just sharing coffee on her patio surrounded by her beautiful flowers and special echinacea. Mary was always fun,loving,giving and at times a real "hoot"! Mary is loved by all and will always be in our hearts!


Frank Meade (ireland) posted on 11/8/21

So sorry for the loss of your mam.ye have a hard road ahead but the unity of the family will give you all comfort of each other's presence.my thoughts are with ye at this sad time.


Michael Beall and Susan Beall posted on 11/7/21

Mary was 10 years older than me so I do not remember much as I was growing up. However I do remember that smile and constant duty to family. I remember how she loved my mother. Sometimes my parents would have them over for a visit which meant their wonderful mother Helen and their ornery dad Ron would be coming to our house, I loved them both. They raised their kids to be good people, and that include Mary Alice. I remember Bill, her husband came to my parents house to install wood paneling when it was the rage, I didn't think it was possible to have that much paneling in one little house. My other cousins and I would often play in the barn, and watch the cows. All we can hope for in this life is that people would think well of us when we are gone, and say "They were a good person" My cousin, Mary Alice was a good person