Elvie Graham
Elvie Graham

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

Niobrara County Library - Elvie Russel (Powell) Graham (September 16, 1912 - February 21, 1998)

Elvie Russel (Powell) Graham (September 16, 1912 - February 21, 1998)

The Lusk Herald
February, 1998

Elvie Wilson Graham

Elvie Wilson Graham of Lusk, Wyo. died Saturday Feb.21 in Denver, Colo. at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital. She was 85.

She was born Elvie Russel Powell on Sept. 16, 1912 in Northern Mississippi. She married Victor Wilson in 1929. They made their home in Memphis, Tenn., until moving to Lusk in 1967. In Lusk, she was a member of the Congregational Church and sang in the choir.

Survivors include George Leach of Lusk; Bedford Powell and E. I. Powell of San Antonia, Tex.; Mack Powell of Fair Oaks, Calif.; Tommy Powell of Fort Worth, Tex.; Dorothy Wilson Christian of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Ed "Babe" Wilson and his wife Kathie of Columbia, Tenn.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Fri., Feb. 27, at the Congregational Church of Lusk. Rev. Don Chanslor officiated, assisted by Rev. Allen Kallenbach. Burial followed in the Lusk Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Congregational Church Choir Fund or to the American Heart Association.

Bader Funeral Home of Lusk was in charge of arrangements.

Note: Following is part of an email that was received from Jay Ehlinger, grandson of Elvie Graham, on 05/30/2006:
I know that his email comes many years after the fact but I would like to provide a correction to an obituary that was printed Feb 1998 regarding Elvie Russel Powell Graham or Elvie Wilson Graham. The person who submitted the obituary neglected to include my mother's name Grace (Wilson) Ehlinger. My mother was the middle child and although there were circumstances that created the omission I feel compelled to write this email. Most likely it is for my own purposes and to honor my mother who passed away almost two years ago without having had any contact with her sister or brother for over 53 years. The omission upsets me, because it implies that my mother never existed. She did and she was a good person who only desired some healing or closure with her mother and hopefully with her brother and sister. That opportunity has sadly passed.(...)

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