JOPLIN, MO —
JoAnne "Grammy" Graham, Joplin, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home after a sudden illness.
Grammy, as she was known by all that loved her, was born in Joplin, to the late Earl Shade and Naomi Thompson Shade and had lived in the Joplin area most of her life.
She was currently the manager at Redwood Gardens. The management; employers; staff and residents have been her 'second family' for the past 11 years. She served as regional director for the National Kidney Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the Ride 4 Life several years ago. She worked as manager at the former Newman's Department Store, Pittsburg and Springfield locations. She also worked as an ophthalmology assistant and office manager for Patrick Butler, M.D. and was receptionist and sticker lady for Carolyn Prater, M.D.
Grammy was an avid sports fan. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life. She loved watching her grandchildren play their respective sports and never missed a game or match. She was "Grammy" to many Bulldogs; Cardinals; Tigers; Gorillas; Cougars and Cowboys! She was a fan of Carthage FFA and 4-H and the Soundwave Choir. She was the light of everyones life.
She is survived by her children, Scott Graham and his wife, Lori, Carthage, Sarah Wall and her husband, Jesse, Carl Junction, and Karen Graham, Webb City; one sister, Myrna Martz and her husband, Bill, Neosho; eight grandchildren, Abbey Webb and her husband, TJ, Katelyn Graham, Mischa Alves, Steven Brigham II, Parker Graham, Jacob Wall, Bradyn Wall and Zeke Wall; five great-grandchildren, Whitney Alves, Austin Alves, Sarah Alves, Imani Jackson and Olivia Jackson; Baby Webb on the way; two sisters-in-law, Susan and Rick Borum, Patricia Salverson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are planned for Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Rev. John Sherwood will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Parker Mortuary.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com