Lula May Graham (Age 102)

By Suzanne Brach

If you have lived in HVP for a while, you probably knew or knew of Lula May Graham. Her kind and caring presence was seen and experienced by many through her 80+ years in our neighborhood.

Lula May was the first person I met after moving here 10 years ago. She walked across the street to greet me, and her warmth and kindness made an immediate impression….maybe moving here from out of state would work out after all! She expressed an interest in my plants (an ongoing theme) and told me some stories about her family and childhood in South Carolina. She detailed how her current home had been physically moved from another location, told me about her deceased husband and his work in a nearby factory, shared stories of her children (who often came by to see her), working at Virginia Hospital, and being a one-time caretaker for neighborhood adolescents as they would gather at her home to enjoy a treat or meal.

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Lula May clearly took pride in her appearance and her home. She would frequently be seen sweeping the street and sidewalk in front of her house to keep them clean from debris. Whether sitting on the porch, or readying herself for a senior function, she was always nicely attired, wearing a brooch or other piece of jewelry and her ever-present smile.

Unfortunately, our conversations were cut short by the Alzheimer’s Lula May suffered from. She spent fewer days on the front porch, and gradually spent all of her time indoors, passing away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Lula Graham was a devoted mother of Ruby B. Anderson (Sherman), Ulysses L. Graham, Shirley G. Thompson (Wayne) and Robert L. Graham (Valerie); sister of Lurenia Malone and Elsie Logan. She was a loving grandmother, great-grandmother, and greatgreat-grandmother. She is also survived by many other beloved relatives and dear friends. Donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in her honor.