The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 17, 2012

JoaAnne Graham

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

Text Only
  • ButlerRuthalene Ruthalene Butler

    Ruthalene Butler, 92, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, after a long illness.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • mason woodard Mary A. Ash

    Mary A. Ash, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 12:56 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, following a battle with Parkinson's disease.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Nuel Scroggins

    In memory of David Nuel Scroggins 1948 - 2012

    July 23, 2014

  • Judy A. Orton Judy A. Orton

    Judy A. Orton, 58, of Joplin, Mo. passed away early Monday, July 21, 2014 at Joplin Health & Rehabilitation following a long illness.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jo Arkle Jo Arkle

    Jo Arkle, 79, Joplin, Mo.,  died July 20, 2014, at Freeman West, Joplin.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carolyn Anderson Carolyn "Sue" Anderson

    Carolyn "Sue" Anderson, 69, Pierce City, Mo., died July 19, 2014, at her home, following a short illness

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary White Mary White

    Mary Lorraine White, 59, of Joplin, Mo., completed her journey up the stairway to heaven on July 16, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blake Aggus Blake Aggus

    Blake Austin Aggus, 23, died July 18, 2014, at his home in Hollister, Mo. He was born September 21, 1990 in Joplin.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Edward Crowder

    BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Edward Crowder, 72, passed away at his home in Baxter Springs on July 19, 2014, after a battle with cancer.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Simpson Herbert E. Kirkpatrick

    Herbert E. Kirkpatrick Sr. "Guitar Man", age 77, passed away July 19, 2014, in Joplin.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo