Anne K. Graff

October 13, 1933September 5, 2021
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Graff, Anne Kay, 87, of Swansea passed away peacefully September 5 after a sudden illness, surrounded by family. Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the second child of Dr. Ralph M. and Sophie Patterson, Anne grew up in Anne Arbor, Michigan.

A beloved wife and partner of Dr. William H. Graff, and a devoted nurse, teacher, mother, and grandmother, she cared for and was loved by many during her long life. Anne was a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the Cornell University School of Nursing. She took pride in both teaching nursing and in managing her husband’s medical practice. A woman of extraordinary wit and verve, she lived a life of gratefulness and service. She was a supporter and volunteer for many organizations, including Friends Academy, Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Little Theater, Our Theater, the Fall River Homemaker Health Agency, and Christ Church in Swansea.

Anne was an avid reader and traveler, making annual trips to the shores of Lake Superior, where she and her family spent many joyful summers. She loved going to the beach, feeding birds, and ice cream.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years; her sister, Martha Dickson; her four children, Kathryn (Bill) of Maine, Timothy (Mary) of New Hampshire, William, of California, and Marjorie, of Rhode Island; Julianne King of Hawaii, whom she loved like a daughter; and her ten cherished grandchildren: Nick, Harriet, Fran, Tim, Sophie, Will, Finn G., Annie, Grace, and Finn P. She was predeceased by her brother, Frank Patterson.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 am in Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main St., Swansea, MA 02777. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Church, Swansea, Massachusetts. For directions and online tributes,


  • Christ Episcopal Church


25 September

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Christ Episcopal Church

57 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777


  • Burial Private


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Daryl Keyes

September 15, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the Graff family. With love and God’s blessings, Joyce Sunderland and family.

Elizabeth Skiles

September 15, 2021

No one can remember Anne Graff without fondness, respect and admiration. She was a gentle force in her families which included Christ Church, always ready and willing to support whatever was needed. My sincerest sympathy to all the Graffs. I am sure you would like to have had her with you for years to come; so you will, but now in your cherished memories. (Elizabeth Dixon Schoch)

susan correira

September 14, 2021

My sincere condolences for the loss of true lady. She lived her faith. May she rest in peace and rise in glory! Peace, Deacon Sue

Carole Aubin

September 12, 2021

My sincere condolences to Anne's family; my memory is of a lovely, gracious friend and beautiful spirit. " May the Lord hold her in the palm of his hand"

Ellie Leite

September 11, 2021

Dear Dr. Graff & Family: We are so saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Anne. She was a gracious lady, pleasant and caring. Whenever she came by our home, she'd call and compliment us on our vineyard. Our prayers have been with all of you since we met years ago, when Dr. Graff became our Physician and friend. God bless all of you and may you feel God's Loving and Comforting Embrace at this sad time of loss. Hugs, love & prayers,
Manny (In Spirit) and Ellie

Robin Ferreira Holt

September 8, 2021

I'm so very sorry for the loss of such an amazing, kind, sweet, concerned, caring, giving & loving lady. I have to tell you this only story about Mrs. Graff that I remembered. When I was a little girl I was a Camp Fire Girl and my leaders house was down the end of Dillon Lane at Mrs. Loverand's home. Well after my meeting I was walking back home to my parent's house Edward & Bella Ferreira, about 1/4 mile ish. I was very young, around 10 maybe. Well while walking a lady stopped an asked to give me a ride. Being taught never to ride with someone you don't know I immediately started to run as fast as my little legs could carry me all the way home, with a bit of screaming to boot. I was scared. Shortly after that my parents got a phone call and it was Mrs. Graff explaining what she was trying to do. Oh what a relief for my parents and me. Both my parents knew Dr. & Mrs. Graff quite well but I was clueless. I remembered her face & car and felt so much more at ease knowing I was surrounded by such wonderful caring people like Mrs. Graff and my parents said there was nothing for me to be afraid of and that she is a very helpful sweet giving neighborhood lady and meant no harm ever. I'll never forget her kindness and concern. I'm 56 now and wanted to share that story and also give you my condolences to all the family & friends. I'm sure Mrs. Graff will be in the arms of Jesus.
Very sincerely,
Robin Ann Ferreira Holt

Mary Ellen COSTA

September 7, 2021

Mrs. Graff was my second mom, I grew up at the Graff’s house and have some of my fondest memories from their home. Being a mother myself and a grandmother, I have tried to emulate the mother that she was to all of us. She will be sadly missed but her memory will forever be etched in my heart.

Liz Waring

September 6, 2021

My sympathy to the Graff family. My memories of Anne are fond, first meeting her and participating in the Junior League of Fall River, and then when our children attended Friends Academy. Anne was always gracious, kind, devoted to her family and any endeavor she chose. Often reserved and soft spoken, her spoken observations were keen and well said. I admired Anne. May all fond memories bring comfort, peace and love.