Josephine A.  Graham
MILFORD - Josephine A. Graham, 88, of Division Street, Milford, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Claudine (Smith) Wilber.
She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown. After sixth grade she "graduated" to Cooperstown Central School.
On April 30, 1950, she married Alexander E. Graham, the "most handsome man" she ever met, at the Baptist Church in Cooperstown. They shared 47 wonderful years together until his death on Dec. 9, 1997.
For Josephine, her family always came first. She worked hard to ensure that her family's needs were met.
From an early age she worked at some of Cooperstown's iconic businesses, selling tickets at Smalley's Theatre, selling candy, etc. at the "old" Newberry's (the storefront last occupied by CVS), at Fynmere, the home for retired Presbyterian ministers on Estli Avenue and at Gadzooks! Antiques.
As a lover of old movies she could identify every actor of her era, often just by hearing their voice. She was an avid reader and it's believed she read every book authored by Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts. She was a great cook. Her Spanish rice was famous among her family and friends and her blackberry dumplings were so good they were requested by her "favorite granddaughter," Janeve, in place of her birthday cake every year!
She was funny and fun loving. Her laugh was infectious. She was a friend to everyone and would go far out of her way to help others. She was a great secret keeper and wonderful storyteller. She was called "mom" by many of her children's friends and "grandma" by many of her granddaughter, Janeve's friends. She had a genuine interest in them and always wanted to know how each of them were doing. She was full of protective motherly advice, i.e. "Don't walk home in the dark and if you do call me as soon as you get in." She virtually never missed an opportunity to call and never failed to tell her family members that she loved them. Indeed, "I love you" were her final words to them.
Josephine is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Diana Graham of South Main Street, Milford; daughter, Brenda Graham of Division Street, Milford; and granddaughter, Janeve, now of Georgia. She will be missed by her beloved dog, Bentley and by Pepper, her cat, as well as by countless friends.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church, will follow the visitation at 4 p.m.
For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations in Josephine's memory be made to Milford Emergency Squad Co.#2, P.O. Box 531, Milford, NY 13807, in recognition of her gratitude to its members for their caring and always prompt attention to her medical needs.
Published on November 19, 2019


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Tami Mumbulo
Nov 21, 2019
Brenda I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. It is like no other as I know. Please keep all your fondest memories in your heart to help you through the sad times. All my love and hugs.
Mark Wilber
Nov 21, 2019
Loved Aunt Josie so much! My heart and prayers goes out to Bob & Diana,and Brenda & Janeve..
Veronica Gifford Cankar
Nov 20, 2019
I have such vivid memories of your parents at your house, welcoming and loving. Sitting at the kitchen table while we convinced them to let you come to Puerto Rico with me. Loved your Mother's twang, always asking questions that you never minded answering, knowing it was because she loved you and was interested in your response. Such a natural gift she obviously passed on to you. Thanks for sharing her with us all. She now walks beside you always. Love you Brenda, Bobbie and Diana, you took good care of her. Hugs and prayers.
Jamie Birdsong
Nov 20, 2019
My heart goes out to Brenda, Bobby and Diana. Aunt Jo always put everybody else first and always had a upbeat attitude. So many found memories with Aunt Jo and Uncle Alex. Miriam and I are sorry we can't make it, but will be praying for you all.
Carolyn Bell
Nov 20, 2019
I have lived next door to JOSIE, for many years, I loved her very much, and spent many summer days, sitting on the porch with her. She was very dear to me, and have so many memories of my times spent with her. Love you to the moon and back Josie,you will always be with me, in my heart.
Adrienne Baker Vennen
Nov 20, 2019
I remember how fun your Mom was during the summer that Jake 'oversaw' Janeve. (They were both too mature for babysitting). She was a special lady.
Brenda davis
Nov 20, 2019
Very fond memories of your home when catherine and Janeve were small she enjoyed those girls so much so sorry for your loss
Light and love to you all
Brenda and catherine
Thomas Wilber
Nov 20, 2019
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