Phyllis M. Graham, 84


Marlborough – Phyllis M. (Morrissey) Graham, 84, formerly of Framingham, died Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Braintree after a long illness. She was the wife of the late John C. “Collie” Graham, who died on the same day and time in 2004. They had been married for 54 years.

She leaves her children, John C. “Jay” Graham and his wife, Carol, of Norfolk, Peter F. Graham and his wife, Claire, of Lynnfield, and Mary Alice Tarr of Randolph; a sister, Betty Neal of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren, Nicole L. Benotti of Marlborough, Jaclyn B. Briggs of Rockland, Allison E. Graham of Norfolk, John C. Graham III of Norfolk, and Jeffrey P. Durkin of Lynnfield; twin great-granddaughters, Abbey and Brooke Benotti of Marlborough; her devoted cousins, Mildred Foy of Quincy, Eleanor Duggan of Canton, Alice Toomey of Medford, and Paula Murphy of Florida; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Born in Quincy, the daughter of the late William P. and Mildred (Healey) Morrissey, she moved to Marlborough from Framingham 30 years ago. She was a graduate of North Quincy High School and also graduated from Fisher College.

Mrs. Graham worked at the MetroWest Medical Center (formerly Framingham Union Hospital) and retired from the financial services office.

She was a member and former member of the parish council of St. Matthias Church of Marlborough. She was a board member and former President of the Framingham Union Aid Association, having been involved for many years.

Mrs. Graham was a devoted wife and mother, and handled her long illness with grace and dignity.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m., in St. Matthias Church, 409 Hemenway St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Marlborough. Calling hour prior to Mass will be held Wednesday, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.

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