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Eunice Jean Halvorson Graham


Services Locally The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour
  Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11 a.m.


Eunice Jean Halvorson Graham, age 82, of Oak Park Heights, Minn., unexpectedly passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Services will be held in Stillwater at the Swanson Chapel at Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Parkway at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 9 and in Faribault at the Episcopal Saviors Church, 515 Second Ave. N.W. on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m.

She was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Grafton N.D. to Eva and Thomas Halvorson. She later attended the Deaconess Hospital in North Dakota where she earned a degree in nursing. Eunice worked as a head floor nurse at the University of Minnesota where she met her husband Dr. Asa Graham. They were married in the Hvideso Lutheran Church in Edinburg, N.D., and later moved to Faribault, Minn., where they raised five children. Eunice was a giving and patient mother and her words of encouragement inspired everyone.

On retirement, Eunice and Asa moved to Bella Vista, Ark., where she volunteered and was active in church and political activities. In 2001, they moved back to Oak Park Heights, Minn., to be closer to their family.
Throughout her life, Eunice strived to create a caring community. By doing so, she was actively involved with hospice, the Bloodmobile, first aid education, Meals on Wheels and Questers. She was instrumental in the restoration and preservation of Johnston Hall, a historical part of the District One Hospital in Faribault, Minn. She appreciated all the beauty and love of nature all around her and enjoyed sharing that with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister Helen Marie Stevens and parents.

She is survived by her children, William (Cyndi), of Minnetrista, Minn.; Cathy (Curt Orde), of Centennial, Wyo.; Mary (Jeff Johnson), of Apple Valley, Minn.; Margaret Krohn, Hudson, Wis.; and Thomas (Sharyn), of Ashby, Minn.; and eight wonderful grandchildren, Cassandra and William Graham, Russell Graham, Nicole and Danielle Johnson, Molly and Amber Krohn and Samuel Graham; sister-in-law, Mary Lindholm, of Minneapolis, Minn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Minnesota Medical Foundation to support Parkinsonís Research at the University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. S.E., Suite 300, Minneapolis, Minn., 55455.


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Name: Patricia Hoversten
Email: pbh@mchsi.com
Date: Saturday March 10, 2012


I remember Eunice with the same kindness and graciousness noted in her obituary. We met just a couple times, when she contacted me about Johnston Hall. I had done some research on Clarence Johnston and we compared notes. She, graciously, gave me a copy of the history of the Episcopal Cathedral which she seemed to have been involved with, as well. She was the kind of woman it would have been fun to see more often. I regret her passing, but grateful to have crossed paths with her, though briefly.She left a lasting, positive impression. Sincerely, with Sympathy, Patricia Hoversten [Waseca,MN]