Joan  Graham
Joan  Graham
Joan  Graham

Obituary of Joan Graham

Joan A. Graham May 30, 1944 - April 3, 2021 Joan (Ripley) Graham died peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 3, 2021 in Charleston, SC. Born on May 30, 1944, the daughter of Albert and Thelma Ripley. Joan was named “Joan Arlene” in a letter by her father who had been shot down in WWII over Germany. The letter arrived just days before her birth. Although Joan was an only child, she was truly a child of many. She grew up among many cousins who still share their deep rooted bonds, love and humor. She had an amazing group of lifelong friends who still enjoyed time together. Joan raised three children and took pleasure in being an actively involved stay at home mom in their young years. Later years she worked in family retail businesses, and in retirement was a home health aide, as well as an employee at Dunkin Donuts. In her final years, she lived between all of her childrens’ homes, enjoying being a grandma. Joan’s love for family and friends was her hobby, her passion, and she did it well. She was fondly known as “Grandma Joan”, “Mammey”, and “Ma Phish”, among others, to not only her own family, but to all who met her. She never missed a game, she was forever present cheering on at sporting events. Her life revolved around her family, especially her grandkids and their friends. In lieu of flowers, Joan’s love for her hometown and those who serve, donations could be made to the Phelps Ambulance and Fire Department or the American Legion. Survived by daughter Debra Fisher of Phelps, NY/Charleston, SC, son Derek (Rita) Joseph of Hernando, MS, Grandchildren: Tyler Fisher, Nicholas Fisher, Gage Hitt, Morgan Hitt, Ronni Allen, Jeryd Graham Special Blessing: Shelly Pollot, Karen Schinsing Predeceased by her husband Larry Graham, parents Albert and Thelma Ripley, stepfather Jesse Goodman, and son Randy Joseph. A graveside burial will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, 1pm, at Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps. Social Distancing must be observed and face coverings are required.
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Resthaven Cemetery
Resthaven Drive
Phelps, New York, United States
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