Elsie Graham, 93 On August 3, 2006, in her 94th year, Elsie M. Graham passed away peacefully at Sherwood Park Manor where she had lived for the past two years having moved to Brockville from Toronto in 1997. She is survived by her beloved husband Ted (Edwin) Graham of Brockville, daughters Sandra S. Lawn of Prescott and Christine Hesketh of Smiths Falls, sons-in-law Robert Lawn and Fred Hesketh, daughter-in-law Sharleen Graham of London, Ontario, eight grandchildren, 10 great grand children and several nieces and nephews in Alberta. Her son Peter Edwin Graham, eight siblings and parents August Bruns and Agnes Oss Bruns predeceased Elsie. Elsie Bruns was born on a farm near Lacombe, Alberta in 1913. She attended a one-room country school where she later became the teacher. Her horse, Spider, dropped her off at school every day. At the end of the day, Spider would return to the school and patiently wait until Elsie was ready for the ride home. In 1933, Elsie Bruns' met Ted Graham of Red Deer and, in 1937, she proceeded by train to Sudbury, to marry Ted, then a Queen's University mining engineering student working underground for INCO. From 1938 to 1968, Elsie and Ted lived in nine northern mining communities in four different provinces. In 1991, The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy honoured Elsie Graham with the Sancta Barbara Medal, to "recognize the important role played by women in the progressive development of Canadian Mining communities." In this national tribute it was recognized that "she has enlightened and brightened many mining communities across Canada." By 1968, Ted's work as a consulting mining engineer took them to Montreal and then to Toronto. Elsie enjoyed city life, attending musical performances and the opera and volunteering for the Rehabilitation Centre and the Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada. The Canadian Red Cross awarded her a 20-year service medal in 1993. All grandchildren spent memorable times with Elsie, in Toronto and at the two cottages, on Long Lake near Noranda, Quebec and Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto. Everyone who knew her, especially her grade three students in Noranda, Quebec and her Jubilee Guild friends in Springdale, Newfoundland, loved Elsie. A life-long learner, Elsie's passion for mathematics, literacy, music, nature and world events and her positive caring attitude are ingrained in her grandchildren Andrea, Kerrie and Julia Lawn, Christian, Geoffrey and Caitlin Hesketh and Ted and Nathalie Graham. Her meetings with her great grandchildren were also special tender moments. The active, dynamic Elsie everyone loved had been "absent" for some time, but even in her final two years of life, her kind smile had warmed the hearts of the Sherwood Park Manor community. The staff at Sherwood Park took good care of her and the family is most grateful. Elsie will live on in the hearts of all who knew her in her prime or in her final years of struggling with the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. Reverend Eric Barr of the United Church of Canada presided over the memorial service at the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel in Brockville on August 7, 2006. Eldest grandchild Andrea Lawn presented the eulogy and Kerrie Lawn and Caitlin Hesketh read the scriptures. Pallbearers were: grandsons-in-law Bruce Anderson and Rodney Henderson, grandsons Ted Graham Jr., Christian Hesketh and Geoffrey Hesketh and great grandson Peter Edwin Nielsen.