LECLAIRE — Dorothy Graham, 88, of LeClaire died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at The Fountains, Bettendorf. Services in celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, where her family will greet friends from noon until time of service. Chaplain Bill Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Memorials may be made to the Buffalo Bill Museum or Hospice Compassis.
Mrs. Graham was born in 1925 in rural Scott County to Fred and Irma Brown. She married Mervin Graham on June 12, 1948, in Davenport. He died April 9, 2009. A graduate of LeClaire High School, she pursued her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and St. Ambrose, Davenport, and her master’s degree from Drake University, Des Moines. She taught in the rural schools of Scott County, Pleasant Valley and Davenport from 1943 until her retirement in 1990. Starting in a one-room schoolhouse, where she was known as Miss Brown, she taught in Coe School (1943-1948), Scharff School (1948–1954), Cody School (1954-1965), LeClaire Independent School (1965-1970), Bridgeview School for 12 years, and Davenport Special Education thereafter.
She was a member of the LeClaire Presbyterian Church, served as president for the local chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW), Timely Topics, Lone Star of LeClaire, and the Buffalo Bill Museum, LeClaire. She also enjoyed antiques, her flower gardens, bird watching and feeding the birds.
Survivors include her nieces, Dian (David) Urush of LeClaire and Darlene (Rick) Suiter of Princeton, Iowa; nephews, Richard (Brenda) Voss and Robert (Lindy) Voss, both of LeClaire; five great-nephews; one great- niece; and special friends, John and Sandy Bridges of Princeton, Iowa. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Voss; a nephew, Danny Voss; and great-nephews, Justin Voss and James (J.B.) Suiter.
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