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Nettie Graham

June 12, 2017

Life Sketch for Nettie Graham



Nettie Belle Graham, 83, died on June 12, 2017 at Newton Medical Center. 



Nettie was born on May 21, 1934 to Guy and Madeline (Abplanalp) Parsons in rural Burns, Kansas.



Nettie married Duane Allen Graham on June 12, 1955 in Burns, Kansas.  They were married for sixty two years prior to her death.



Nettie was a retired Dental Assistant and had many other interests.  She was an accomplished quilter, enjoying many hours with The Cut Ups.  She was also an avid bridge player, flower gardener, bird lover, and a fantastic cook. She and Duane traveled extensively, they frequently visited the Flint Hills and most Southwest states, traveled to England, Alaska and recently Hawaii.  She was active in the First Presbyterian Church, currently serving as a deacon.  Nettie also served her community with PEO and Hesston Women’s Civic Club.



She was a wonderful mother and wife and instilled a strong sense of family history with her daughters. She had a strong “pioneer spirit” and taught her children how to be good mothers and spouses by example. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren, making quilts for all of her grandchildren when they graduated from high school.



She is survived by her husband: Duane Graham; four daughters: Rebecca Troyer and spouse Dean, Emily Sims and spouse Mark, Sarah Bauer and spouse Kris, and Katie Gaeddert.



She was preceded in death by her parents: Guy and Madeline Parsons; sisters: Ruth Wright and her spouse, Cecil; Mary Long; Marjorie Gfeller and spouse Don; brother: Guy Parsons; and infant daughter: Natalie.


Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Friday June 16th at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. A public visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends and family from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. that evening. A graveside committal service will follow the service at Pleasant Center Cemetery in Burns, Kansas. Pastors Jim Anderson and Bob Wyman will be the presiding pastors.


A memorial has been set up for C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocates, Harvey County Court House, P.O. Box 687, Newton, Kansas 67114  Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.



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12 thoughts on “Nettie Graham

  1. Condolences to Duane and family. So sorry you’ve lost such a gracious, sweet and capable lady.

  2. I will miss Nettie tremendously at Cut Ups and Teter Rock. What a beautiful person she was. Our sincerest condolences to Duane and family.

  3. Sarah and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all from Minnesota
    Jerry, Denise and Megan Fraher

  4. It is still difficult to realize that she is gone. Duane, Becky, Emily, Sara & Katy fill your time with family & sweet, sweet memories of Nettie. It will help keep her memory alive and well.

  5. She was a very kind woman…..loved her dearly!!! Love to all you girls, your families and Duane.

  6. I’m so sorry Duane. Nettie was such a kind and lovely lady. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  7. My heart is broken with you all. I am so sorry for your loss, but I will remember a wonderful neighbor lady who loved me as a young girl growing up in Hesston playing with her daughters. Her love will always stay in our hearts and I will remember her with an unconditional loving spirit.

  8. My deepest condolences and prayers to Rebecca and family

    With Love,
    Diana Almeda and family

  9. Very sorry to hear this. She was a great lady, full of life, the perfect gal for Duane. If ever there was someone deserving a place in Heaven, it was Nettie.

    My sincerest condolences to Duane and their children.

  10. Nini,
    Your in my dreams every night. No joke. I still think your there. I wake up and I feel you there everyday. I miss you and love you so much.

    Love Madeline

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