Shirley A. (Bucher) Graham, 82 years of age, of Beatrice passed away with family at her side on Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was born on September 17, 1936 at Fort Crook in Omaha to her Army Veteran of 32 years father, Clifford and Myrtle (Fuller) Bucher and she grew up in Pickrell where she attended grade school. After grade school, she attended Beatrice High School and graduated with her class of 1955. Shirley met and married her husband to be for her entire life, Maurice “Bud” Graham, who served in the US Airforce for twenty years. She was a stay at home mom and served the assumed role as dad when Bud was away on duty assignments while living at various Air Bases around the United States and the Philippine Island of Luzon. Shirley enjoyed raising her kids and attending their childhood activities growing up. She liked attending ball games and being a Den Mother with Scouting. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, her country music, Johnny Cash of old and Dwight Yokem of new. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, ceramic crafts, bowling on her bowling leagues and her cat Duey. Shirley was involved with various groups serving as Madam President of the Eagles Auxiliary and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #27 in Beatrice. She did however venture into the working field in her life where she was a switchboard operator with the Beatrice Phone Company earlier in her life before the military. Afterward she pursued becoming a nurse’s aide working at both BCH and the Lutheran Hospital. She also did some occasional housekeeping at the local hotels to keep her busy.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Maurice “Bud”; children, Lonnie of Pickrell, Tom and wife Di, Debra Allen and husband Brad, Richard, all of Beatrice; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and sister, Norma Newbold and family of Woodbridge, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Everett and Ethel Graham; grandparents; and various in-laws, uncles, aunts and cousins she had during her lifetime.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, February 18, 2019 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Mission Creek Cemetery near Liberty. There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left online at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com. Harman-Wright Mortuary and Crematory in Beatrice in charge of arrangements.