Mrs. Wm. Graham, 66, Descendant of Pioneers, Dies Suddenly Tuesday
Athens citizens were shocked Tuesday about 9:30 a.m. when the death of Mrs. William Graham, 66, a widely known resident of this city, was announced. While her health had not been the best of late, her passing was very sudden, the cause being given as cerebral hemorrhage.
Effie Bell, nee Cantrall, was born on a farm 5 miles northeast of Athens in Menard County, the daughter of the late Robert H. and Eliza Goff Cantrall, and there she grew to womanhood.
The decedent was united in marriage on January 18, 1906 to William Graham,
and they took up life's journey on a farm in Logan County, where they resided four years; spent six years in Macoupin and Jersey Counties; six years in Sangamon County and 11 years near Irish Grove. They moved to Athens December 18, 1933, and had since made their home here.
Mr. and Mrs. Graham were privileged to spend more than 35 years of wedded
life together, while the parents of each one celebrated over 60 years of wedded life together. Mr. and Mrs. Graham were each the oldest member of children of their respective families. There were no children born to Mr. and Mrs. Graham.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. A. D. (Minnie)
Cline, and Mrs. Lillian Brown, both of Athens, and Mrs. Purin (Stella) Pittman of Greenview; and two brothers, Thomas Cantrall of Petersburg, and Luther Cantrall of Athens.
Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mott Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank L. Smith, of Fancy Prairie, officiating.
Burial was made in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, north of Fancy Prairie.
Source: Athens Free Press, 21 February 1941