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Barbara R. Graham

Born: Sun., Dec. 29, 1929
Died: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018


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In loving memory of Barbara R Graham who passed away peacefully at her home in Bridge on Thursday, August 9, 2018 with family members by her side.  “Surely Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” - Psalm 23.

Barbara was born December 21, 1929 in Newark, New York, the second of 5 children of James Kenneth Reed and Alice Roosevelt (Warner) Reed.  In 1944, a few years after James was tragically killed in an accident, Alice and her four daughters moved to Arroyo Grande, California to live with her family that had relocated there from Wyoming in 1921.  In 1945 Alice and the girls moved to nearby San Luis Obispo where Barbara attended high school, graduating in 1948.

In 1966 Barbara and her husband Rev Walter Raymond Graham moved to Oregon to minister in the Broadbent Community Church where countless lifelong friendships were fostered.  They later started the Myrtle Point Community Church where they continued their ministry until Walt left to be with the Lord December 17, 2007.

Barbara was active in many civic organizations including her involvement in the Myrtle Point Food Bank and Thrift Store which earned her recognition as a Woman of Distinction by the local Soroptimist Club.  Barbara served many years on the Coos County Election Board and was a longtime Grange member.  In addition to serving the community, she was passionate about her career as a retail security and loss prevention agent.

Outdoor activities including backpacking, camping and fishing with family and yearly hunting trips to Eastern Oregon with friends were a special part of Barbara’s life; antiques and collectible teddy bears were her favorite hobbies.   She was also a lover of animals, sharing her life with several pugs, numerous cats, and occasional cows and sheep.

Barbara is survived by daughters Susan Alice (Ray) Huff and Sandy Lee Foster; son John Mark (Carole) Graham; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister and best friend Patricia Reed McLean (Dave) Locatell; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Family was a huge part of Barbara’s life and family gatherings held a special place in her heart.

Preceding her in death were husband Rev Walter Raymond Graham; son Robert Allen Graham; father James Kenneth Reed; mother Alice Roosevelt (Warner) Reed; brother Richard Kenneth Reed; sisters Marjory Ann (Reed) Brooks and Nancy Kay (Reed) Haynes,.

A private family celebration of life will be held Saturday September 1 at the home of Ray and Susan Huff in Bridge.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Barbara’s name to the Bridge Community Church, 98177 Bridge Lane, Myrtle Point, OR 97458 or the Bridge Grange, 51240 Myrtle Creek Rd, Myrtle Point, OR 97458.

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Leslie Johnson
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Barbara was one of the first people I met when I moved up to Coquille, OR in May of 2009. Over the years I got to know her through church as well as the Ruby Begonia Chapeaus of Myrtle Point Red Hat chapter. I hadn't seen her in awhile, when I was finally able to re-connect with her at a Red Hat meeting in June, 2018. It was the last time that I saw her this side of heaven. But I know I will see her again. See you at the house Barbara!

Leslie Johnson
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Barbara was one of the first people I met when I moved up to Coquille, OR in May of 2009. I got to know her through church and through the Ruby Begonia Chapeaus of Myrtle Point Red Hat chapter. I hadn't seen her in awhile and we were able to re-connect in June, 2018 at a red hat meeting. Even though I will miss her I know I will see her again when we are with the Lord. So see you at the house Barbara!

Betty Ross
   Posted Wed September 05, 2018
Susan, so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing she and Walt meant a lot to me. Loved working at the thrift store with her and the food bank she will always be remembered as one beautiful lady. Loved all our times as Red Hat ladies. Always in my heart. God, bless you and your family.

Lora Boomer
   Posted Wed September 05, 2018
Susan and family, so sorry to hear about Barbara. I have many wonderful memories, She was my first Vice Queen in Red Hats and after she lost Walt I would go over and pick her up for church and take her home. I am so glad she got to come to the meeting in June we all loved seeing and visiting with her. She will be missed but as you know we will all see each other again some day. God Bless - Lora.

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