Bernice Orilla Graham of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Union, MO, at her daughter's home, surrounded by the love of her family, on April 26, 2018, having reached the age of ninety-one years, five months and twenty-four days. Bernice was born in St. Louis, MO, on November 2, 1926, daughter of Edward Kobermann and Mary Kobermann nee Statt. On February 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to James Victor Graham, known to most as Vic, and fourteen children came to bless this union, which included three sets of twins.
Bernice is survived by nine children, John Graham of Sullivan, MO and James Richard Graham and wife, Judy of Sullivan, Mike Graham and wife, Mildred, of Sullivan, Timmy Graham of St. Clair, MO, Robert Graham and wife, Dinah, of St. Louis, MO, Vicky Foulks and companion, Tom Utz, of St. Clair, Terry Stevens and husband, Larry, of St. Clair, Colleen Stevens and husband, Dennis, of Union, MO, and Bernice Graham of Union; by thirty-two grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mary Kobermann; by her husband, Vic Graham; by five children, Tommy Graham, Jerry Graham, Sandra Murray, Patricia Hunt and Sherry Lynn Graham; by her brothers, Gene, Edward and Murell Kobermann; by one daughter-in-law, Malissa Graham, known to all as Missy, and by two grandchildren, Christopher Graham and Kevin Hunt.
Bernice was a Christian of the Lutheran faith, believing in the Lord as her Savior. She made caring for her home and family her mission in life and never tired of her job. She was a very hard working woman who babysat her grandchildren and did a lot of cooking and laundry. Bernice also enjoyed going and having her nails done and her hair fixed. Her children and grandchildren were her life and held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they create will never be forgotten.
A loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, great, great-great and great-great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. James Plymale officiating. Interment was in Anaconda Community Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.