Joyce Graham, 81, Former Peekskill Property Manager

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Joyce L. Graham, a former 30-year resident of Peekskill, died Jan. 22. She was 81.

Graham was the property manager of Wesley Hall Apartments in Peekskill from 1974 to 2004. She also worked as a switchboard operator at Hudson Valley Hospital Center from 1979-97.

A nine-year resident of Cold Spring, she was an active member of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, Putnam Senior Citizens and the Daughters of the Eastern Star, where she served as queen.

Graham is survived by two sons, Robert J.(Carol) and Gary R. (Mary) Graham; two daughters, Lorna D. (Robert B. Nimmo) Fernandes and Diane Graham Rose; a sister, Nancy Merigliano; and eight grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Graham, in 1986; a sister, Jacquelin Malley; and a granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Rose.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, followed by private cremation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 1 Chestnut St., Cold Spring, NY 10516. 

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Joyce was an angel in my time of need. She was truly an answer to a prayer. She was the one that helped me get my Mom into Wesley Hall and also helped make sure that all of her needs were met. There was a time that came when it was obvious that my mother was no longer able to live on her own but her mind was sharp, she was still young, only 59...but her body just wouldn't cooperate with her vibrant witty personality. Joyce worked with me to make sure that my Mom had a little more time that she needed to feel independent and alive. Mom loved you. I will always love you too and never forget how you made some of the hardest years of my life so very much better. I could't have done it without you. Rest in peace.