Eva M. (Carpenter) Graffum, 86, longtime resident of Ipswich and
wife of the late Norman S. Graffum, died Thursday December 11,
2008 in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
following her long illness.
Born May 23, 1922 in Newburyport, the daughter of the late
Edward E. and Lillian (Dixon) Carpenter, she was raised in
Newburyport where she attended St. Maryís Parochial School.
Married 1942 in Newburyport, the Graffums made their home and
raised their family in Ipswich. With a grown family she
worked for many years as a lunch room aide in the Ipswich
elementary schools, retiring from the Doyon School.
Mrs. Graffum was an avid home flower gardener. She enjoyed
sewing, walking with her grandchildren and friends and dogs,
having owned and loved several Pekinese.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Church and Our Lady
of Hope Parish, and was a member of the Ipswich Catholic Womanís
She is survived by two sons, Robert D. Graffum and his wife
Vicki of Georgetown and Jeffrey G. Graffum and his wife Sandra
of Ipswich; two daughters, Judith M. Trocki and her husband John
of Ipswich and Debra A. Graffum of Ipswich; thirteen
grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, James
Carpenter of MD and Edward Carpenter of Newbury and many nephews
and nieces. She was the sister of the late Harry Carpenter
formerly of MD, Elizabeth Handy formerly of CA and Margaret
Alexander formerly of Ipswich.
Her funeral will be held Monday December 15 at 8 am from the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed
by the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 am in Our
Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends
are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 2 to 5 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be
made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Disease,
Church Street, P.O. Box 780, NY, NY 10008-0780.