Betty D Graffius
October 19, 1929 – February 20, 2021
Portland- Betty D. Graffius, 91, passed into the presence of her Savior, Jesus, and was welcomed home by her husband Carl and her daughter Pamela on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The daughter of Kip and Edna (Wing) Andreasen, she was born in Portland on October 19, 1929. She was raised in Portland and grew up in the Bethlehem Evangelical Free Church, which later became the Payson Park Evangelical Free Church (Now Community of Grace). As a young girl she met her lifelong friend Elsie (Gullikson) Maxwell when Elsie’s family invited Betty to attend Sunday School with them. When Betty was a senior in high school her family moved to Clearfield PA. She was not happy about it at the time, but it was there that she met and married her husband Carl Graffius Jr. The two were married in in 1948 but only lived in Pennsylvania for a couple years before moving back to her beloved Portland community. They raised their five children in Portland where Betty excelled as a mother and homemaker. She was always active in her church, faithfully serving as a Sunday school teacher, in the kitchen, or wherever needed, well into her late eighties. Betty’s two greatest loves was her Savior, Jesus, and her family.
Betty was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Carl Graffius Jr., her daughter Pamela Graffius who recently died from ovarian cancer, and her brother Clifford Andreasen.
She is survived by her children Wayne Graffius, and his wife Rosemary of Portland, Carlene Chute, and her husband Byron of Casco, Jonathan Graffius, and his wife Courtney of Portland, and Steven Graffius, and his wife Laurie of Gray. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and her lifelong friend Elsie Maxwell.
Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. A celebration of life service will take place later in the spring at her church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Community of Grace Church, 355 Bridgton Rd, Westbrook ME 04092.
- Kip Andreasen, Father (deceased)
- Edna (Wing) Andreasen, Mother (deceased)
- Carl Graffius, Jr., Husband (deceased)
- Pamela Graffius, Daughter (deceased)
- Clifford Andreasen, Brother (deceased)
- Wayne Graffius (Rosemary Graffius), Son
- Carlene Chute (Byron Chute), Daughter
- Jonathan Graffius (Courtney Graffius), Son
- Steven Graffius (Laurie Graffius), Son
- She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and her lifelong friend Elsie Maxwell.
Community Grace Church
355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook, Maine 04092
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Betty D Graffius
Ed and Jackie St. Cyr
February 28, 2021
We are surprised to see the home going of our friend Betty and more surprised to hear of Carl's and Pam's passing. We must have missed them. Betty was a friend that accepted us when we first started attending PPEFC. Jackie so enjoyed the Dorcas ladies group. We would have so much fun laughing and working on our projects. Those are great memories with true friends. We will continue to pray for her family.
Carol Nelson Milliken
February 28, 2021
Carlene and Family,
Prayers to you and your brothers and families for the loss of your mother...your family were great neighbors...may all the memories help you through the days ahead.