Mary E. McGraw

November 10, 2012 

    Mary E. McGraw, 90, of 316 N. Washington St., died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Carthage Area Hospital where she has resided since May. 

Born March 22, 1922, in Carthage, the daughter of the late Charles S. and Mabel A. Gonyou Raycraft, she graduated in 1939 from Carthage High School. 

She married John M. McGraw on Sept. 3, 1940, in the rectory of St. James Church. Mr. McGraw, former Village Clerk of Carthage for many years, died Sept. 18, 1992.

Mary was a clerk with the former Grants Store, Clark Johnson Store and Marge's Dress Shop, all in Carthage. 

She was a member of St. James Church and former board member of the Carthage Free Library.

Surviving are a son, David J. McGraw, West Carthage; a daughter, Joan Bender, Williamsburg, Va.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

A son, Vincent P. McGraw, and a brother, Charles Raycraft, both died before her.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. George F. Maroun, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. A calling hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage.

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Information provided by Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.