Mary Frances Graham

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 27, 2011

Funeral services for Mary Frances Graham, 89, of Leesville will be held at
10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Leesville with the Rev. Landon Dowden and Rev. Jerry Penfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Castor Cemetery in Leesville under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of
Leesville. Visitation will be held from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the funeral home.
Mary graduated from Leesville High School in 1938 and then attended Chenier Business College in Beaumont, Texas. In 1943 she married John
Mensing and together they had two daughters, Barbara Dowden of Baton Rouge and Karen Larche of Leesville. She and John divorced in 1954. She then married Joe Graham from Pickering in 1964, and he died in 1972. He had two daughters, Juanice Williams
and Judy Legg Kirkpatrick. In 1950, she went to work at the Vernon Bank in Leesville as a bookkeeper and through hard work and dedication was named assistant vice president until her retirement in 1987. She was a long time member of the First Baptist
Church of Leesville where she originally joined as a child and then returned in September 21, 1952. She served faithfully many years as Sunday school secretary and wherever needed. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Her love for God, family
and church was evident in the way she lived her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Graham; mother and father, George and Molly Bell Craft; sister, Irene Deacon; brother, Ira Craft; and step child, Juanice Williams.
She is survived by her children, Barbara Dowden of Baton Rouge, Karen and Lanny Larche of Leesville, Judy Legg Kirkpatrick of Magnolia, Ark.; sisters; Stella Bradham and Robbie Neff both of Leesville; grandchildren, Larilyn Dowden of Baton
Rouge, Landon and Tara Dowden of Baton Rouge, Lana and Stirling Popejoy of Parker Colo., Landry Larche of Lake Charles, Scott Legg of Camden, Ark., and Tammie and Mike Benoit of Holly Springs, Miss.; great grandchildren, Leili Popejoy, Arabella
Dowden, Adalaide Dowden and Adoniram Dowden and a host of nieces and nephews.
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