Thomasina R. Graham, 95

Thomasina Graham

Thomasina Graham

NAPLES — Thomasina “Mazie” Rana Graham, 95, better known to close friends and family as Mae or Mazie, passed away quietly at her home in Naples, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Stewart, her husband of 70 years, was at her bedside.

Mae was born on Sept. 12, 1919, second child to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rana Sr. of Amagansett, Long Island, N.Y. Working at the Dominy Guest House in East Hampton, she met her husband Stewart Ross Graham Sr., who was stationed at the Georgica Coast Guard Station. They were married on May 24, 1942. They raised two sons and settled in Naples upon Commander Graham's retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mae was a small woman at five feet tall, but had a big heart. She loved people and always had a pleasant thing to say — never any negative thoughts.

Mostly, Mae had a strong sense of family and enjoyed all the many wonderful family gatherings throughout her long life. She could bake the best pecan pie and was an excellent cook.

Mae was very supportive of the Coast Guard life. She embraced all the things expected of a service wife and did them well. During her husband's service, the two of them made many lifelong friends.

She was a bundle of energy and remained so until the last few years of her life. The one unwavering constant was her wonderful smile.

Mazie is survived by her husband, Stewart Ross Graham Sr. of Naples; sons, Ross Graham of Naples and Bill Graham of Jacksonville, Ore.; two grandchildren, Alan and Michael Graham; two sisters and a brother, Rose Lester of Palm City, Fla., Peter Rana Jr. of Amagansett, N.Y. and Diana Conklin Voorhees of Wainscott, N.Y.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her older sister, Faye Barnes of Onancock, Va.

All family and friends will miss her dearly.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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