OBITUARY

Irene E. Graham

September 24, 1933January 21, 2019
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Irene E. Graham, 85, was born September 24, 1933 in Saint Louis, Missouri and passed away from this life on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4:00 am.

She matriculated from the St. Louis Public School System (STLPS) and the Harris Stowe State College. Irene developed young minds in the Writing Enrichment Lab in the STLPS throughout her career as an educator/mentor. She is the daughter of Beamenty Wendell Goodwin of Beaumont Texas and Myrtle Elizabeth Perdue Goodwin of Atlanta Georgia, the eldest sister of Agnes Hughes and Ida Goodwin Woolfolk, also the mother of Wilber T. Graham, who all preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a beautiful daughter, Irene Myrelia Chaudhry, grandson, Brandon C. Graham, three great-grandsons, Brandon T., Brandol R., and Baulan P. Graham; her "boyfriend who was not a boy," Mr. Wilbert C. Allen; first cousins Thelma D. Hannah of Atlanta Georgia, and Tommie D. Armstrong of Houston Texas, and a beautiful family of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Irene Elizabeth, self-proclaimed as a balanced Libra, was named in honor of her Maternal Grandmother. Her mother affectionately called her, “Sweet Irene." The name, Irene, hails from Greek Mythology and means “Goddess of peace” which it was her nature to be. St. Irene of Persia, also one of three sisters, was martyred for her faith along with her two sisters. Irene was married to the late Wilbur T. Graham. From this union came her children, Irene Myrelia Chaudhry and Wilbur Thomas Graham Jr.  These were Irene's special qualities; phenomenal mother, low profile, neat, loved harmony, selfless, tomboy, tenacious, gentle, highest of integrity, extraordinary, meticulous, compassionate, thoughtful, an infectious smile, witty and wonderful sense of humor. She loved her family, her church, cloudy days, cold weather, rain, music, food and people.

She cherished her sisters and their families: her sister the late Agnes Beamenty Hughes, named in honor of her Paternal Grandmother, Agnes' son, Charles Wendell Creath, and Charles's children and grandchildren, and her sister the late Ida Martima Woolfolk, named in honor of her Paternal Aunt, Ida's daughter, Sarah-Myrtle Edwards, and Sarah's children.

The family would be remiss if they didn't mention these people and organizations that were so important in Irene's life. Her "Supporting Cast" if you will: Velma Coleman, Augustus and Earlie Barnes, Gerald and Deborah Snipes, Lunch Bunch, 801 Group, Donald Scales, Joyce Richardson, Joseph Kennard, Shear Images, and Sumner 46-51 Alumni.

  • FAMILY

  • Beamenty Wendell Goodwin, Father
  • Myrtle Elizabeth (nee' Perdue) Goodwin, Mother
  • Irene Myrelia Chaudhry, Daughter
  • Wilber T. Graham, Son
  • Agnes Hughes, Sister
  • Ida Goodwin Woolfolk, Sister
  • Brandon C. Graham, Grandson
  • Brandon T. Graham, Great Grandson
  • Brandol R. Graham, Great Grandson
  • Baulan P. Graham, Great Grandson
  • Wilbert Allen, Significant Other
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christopher Creath
  • Brandon C. Graham
  • Steven Page
  • Kelvin Baucom
  • Rodney Jenkins
  • Ron Evans
  • Honorary Pallbearer Brandon T. Graham
  • Honorary Pallbearer Brandol R. Graham
  • Honorary Pallbearer Baulan P. Graham
  • Honorary Pallbearer Michael McMillan

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 28, 2019
REMEMBERING

Irene E. Graham

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Sally White

January 26, 2019

Irene,
I am so very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a beautiful lady, just like you, and your aunts. She is with them now, but I know your heart is broken. Losing your mom is so hard, at any age!
Its such a small world. Knowing your Aunts; Agnes and Ida all those years, before I knew they were related to you! You were so kind to my mom, especially when she was ill at the end of her life. She was so crazy about you.
I pray for peace and healing for you and your family.
Love, Sally( Margaret's daughter)

L A

January 26, 2019

Dear Family,
I send to you my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your dear family member. May John 5:28,29 truly strengthen you to reflect on God’s promises to bring back to life your dear loved one to a beautified earth where she can be reunited with her family, and never have to get sick and die, ever again. (Psalm 37:11,29; Isaiah 33:24)

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