Emily Dorthy Graham

May 31, 1919September 11, 2018

Emily Graham, 99, of Brandon Florida, formerly of Garfield Heights, Ohio, passed away on September 11 2018 at the home of her son in West Fairlee, Vermont.

Emily was born on May 31 1919 in Cleveland Ohio to Paul and Mary (Kowalski) Socky.

On August 21 1937 Emily married George Edward Graham at Holy Name Catholic Church in Cleveland Ohio. She and George were introduced by friend in January of 1936 at the New Victory Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio at a showing of the movie, "42nd Street." They sat next to each other during the movie and afterward, George asked her if he could walk her home. Then, according to Emily, "he persisted and persisted and persisted until I said I would marry him."

They lived in the Cleveland area until 1978 when the family of three moved to Brandon Florida. There, they became big fans of the Mouse, and subsequently annual passholders at the Walt Disney World Resort, going "thousands and thousands of times just to get an ice cream and walk around."

Emily and George were married 64 years until his death in 2002.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Emily was preceded in death by her sister Dorthy, and her son Timothy, daughter Loretta and son Christopher.

She leaves behind her son Gregory Scott Graham (Brian Stephens) of West Fairlee, Vermont and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind lots pillows (Emily loved to knit and sew) and many great recipes (Emily loved to cook), including this one for pierogi which she is happy to teach you to make here:

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire at Condolences may be left in Emily's online guestbook at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Comprehensive Wound Healing Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Physical Therapy and the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire for their support in her final days.


Emily Dorthy Graham

have a memory or condolence to add?

Julie Hobbs

September 11, 2018

Wow I don’t know where to start, my memories of Emily and George was their friendship with my grandparents George and Ellen - they had such a love for each other and I saw that over and over thru out my life . Emily was such a kind person who welcomed anyone who was near her. She has left such a legacy of loving people for who they were and I was honored to be a small part of her life. You will be missed!