Leona Robinson Graham

April 12, 2018

Leona Robinson Graham departed this life on the morning of April 11th, 2018.

Leona was born on a farm in Foster, Oklahoma on May 1st, 1936, and grew up surrounded by a large and loving family. Throughout the years she cared for many people, including her siblings and then later her children. She always took better care of everybody else than she did herself and taught all of us to take care of those who were less fortunate. Throughout her life she held a variety of jobs – she was a CNA, a school bus driver, an Avon sales lady, an Olan Mills representative, a Census worker, a worker in a butcher shop, a toy manufacturer, and she worked at the restaurant in the bowling alley, where she met her husband, John.

With all the variety of professions throughout her life, her number one job was to always take care of everyone else. Leona loved to travel, especially to the desert Southwest and Pacific Northwest. She loved living in the mountains of North Carolina. She was the best mom in the world and valued time with her tight-knit family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lillie and Colin; her siblings, Loretta and Granville; her husband, John D. Graham; and her daughter, Vickie.

She is survived by her siblings, Betty; Orvel and wife, Judy; Erma and husband, Frank; Linda and husband, Gene; Sharron and husband, Mark; Kathy; and Joe and wife, Petti; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her children, Tony Graham and wife, Peggy; Bobby Graham and wife, DeAnna; and Kim Harwell and husband, Lance; and her grandchildren Cory Graham; Kelli Harwell; Stacey Harwell-Dye and husband, Jonathan; and Heather Burgess and husband, Mark; and great-grandchildren, Charley and Addi.

Private services were held.