Apr 172014

Alice Virginia Graham spent 86 years learning about cultures and people worldwide. She was called home to God on Thursday morning, April 10, 2014. A memorial service was held April 15 at the United Methodist Church in Winslow.
She was born in Garden City, Kan., on Oct. 6, 1927, to Virgil Walters and Marie Gangwer Walters, attended school in Haskell County and married Leonard Graham on Sept. 30, 1945.
Alice published Chester, the Houseboat Mouse, a series of four children’s books. She enjoyed travelling and writing, always sending postcards to friends and family while visiting many places, including Brazil, Germany, Alaska and more. For 10 years she kept in contact with exchange students hosted through Experiment In International Living.
Alice and her husband Leonard were active all their lives in their Methodist church wherever they lived, and sang in the choir for many years. (She was the soprano, he was the tenor.)
She became a certified swimming instructor in Montrose, Colo., and thereafter taught swimming in every community in which they lived, including for 17 years in Winslow. She worked for National Farmers Union as recreational director of state summer camps, and was a member of Toastmasters in Delta, Colo. She was president of the Winslow Woman’s Club in 1986, and was the state president of GFWC Arizona in 1988 and 1989. She was part of the Northland Pioneer College Foundation for 18 years, a member of PEO for 16 years and a lifelong member of United Methodist Women.
Alice came to Winslow in 1971 and, together with her husband, managed mobile home parks for over 40 years.
Three days before her death, her beloved husband passed away. They continued, to the very end, to do everything together. They were true partners in their interests and business, in family and friends, in love and in passing.
Survivors include both her brothers, Samuel Walters and Stan Walters; her sister-in-law, Ginny Walters; her three children, Susan Lawler, Max Graham and Ted Graham, and their spouses; six granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; two nephews and their spouses; and many beloved cousins.