Former Summit resident passes away |

Former Summit resident passes away


Elsie Bessie Graham, 76, longtime resident of Estes Park, passed away Dec.18 in Mesa, Arizona. Elsie was born Oct. 8, 1930, on the family ranch in Summit County to Archie and Christena Palmer. She married Elmer J. Graham, Jr. at the family ranch Jan. 25, 1950. Shortly thereafter they moved to Estes Park, where they made their home of over 50 years. An accidental fall in 2002 forced her to relocate to an assisted living center in Mesa, Arizona, near her son Gary. She also was an active member of the service organization, 8/40. She volunteered throughout the community with blood drives, voting and at the senior center with Meals on Wheels. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Isaac, Archie, and Russell Palmer; and sisters Marie Hunter and Sarah Palmer.Elsie is survived by her brother Carl Palmer of Brady, Texas; her son Gary Graham of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Bonnie Barlow of Sanford, Florida; grandchildren Jason Graham of Sunnyvale, California; Tracy Larson of Berthoud, Colorado; Brock Graham of Gilbert, Arizona; Brandon Barlow of Fairfax, Virginia; Brian Barlow of Lorton, Virginia; six great grandchildren; an aunt, Eva McNiff of Franklin, Nebraska; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.A graveside memorial service will held in the spring of 2007 in Dillon. Contact Gary Graham at (480) 329-9425 or Bonnie Barlow at (321) 283-4257 for information about the pending service. Memorial contributions may be made to a medical research foundation of choice.

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