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Elvira King Scott (Graham), 1839-1909

Young Elvira

Elvira at 40

Older Elvira

Obituary from the Friendship RegisterŠ

Mrs. Elvira Scott Graham was born Nov. 10, 1839 in Friendship, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Scott, and the seventh child of a family of eight children all of whom, with one exception, lived to grow to manhood and womanhood. Her girlhood was spent in Friendship where she attended the old academy.

Aug. 27th, 1859 she was united in marriage to Mr. James Harvey Graham of Cuba, and several years of their early married life were spent in Cuba. To them were born two children, Mr. Frank Graham of this place and Mrs. S. G. Latta of Olean, but who for the past year has been privileged to be with her mother the greater share of the time.

Mrs. Graham joined the Universalist church at Cuba. After coming here to reside she joined this church by letter Oct. 4, 1896, and in which she was proved to be an interested and active member in all its obligations, and the faith for which she labored for a half century has been her guide and comfort to the end.

Her chosen life companion was called from her home and the activities of life eighteen years ago, yet steadfast and serene she has lived her widowed life consistent with her profession. By means of her faith and joyous temperament she was blessed with the power of the true optimist and always seemed to get a large and cheerful view of the world. Life was sweet to her and she contributed largely to the happiness of all who knew her.

Although a great sufferer and confined to her bed most of the time for the last six months of her life, no one ever left her bedside without recognizing in her a type of the best Christianity.

The devotion of her children is the best tribute that can be paid to her success as a mother. The warm friendships of her church members attest more fondly than anything else of her loyalty and service to her church. And the tributes of esteem and affection that marked her departure speak of the respect she merited from her friends. The church and community sympathize with her friends in their loss.

The funeral services were conducted from the Universalist Church Saturday afternoon. The W.C.T.U., of which she was a member, attended in a body. The sermon was preached by her pastor, Rev. W. G. Cortright. Interment in the cemetery at Cuba.

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