On July 22, 1985, twenty-seven years ago today, Alice Lucretia (Wellin) Graber, my paternal great grandmother, passed away at the age of 69 in Westminster, Orange Co., California, USA.
Alice was born in 1916 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon the only daughter of Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977), a Swedish émigré, and Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983). She first married Theodore “Ted” Alexander Lapham (1910-1955) in 1932 in Portland. After which, they had three daughters, Gloria Lois Lapham (1933-2008), Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), and Jacqueline Lapham (LIVING). Alice and Ted’s marriage ended in divorce in 1944. In 1947, Alice married Willard Pershing Graber (1918-1988) in Portland. After which, they had two daughters, Sharolyn Iva Graber (1948-1970) and Marla Jean Graber (1952-2007).
Alice was buried in Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, Orange Co., California. Her grave is beside her second husband, Willard, who followed her in death nearly three years later. Her headstone is inscribed, “Beloved Wife and Mother.”