Nola Marie Graham, age 89, former resident of the Devon Community and more recently of Pleasanton, Kan., died Sunday, May 4, 2008 at Mercy Health Center Emergency Room. She was born November 28, 1918 in Garland, Kan., the daughter of Rufus Ezra Pellett and Lola Mary Carson Pellett. Nola was a 1936 graduate of Fort Scott High School. She married Earl L. Graham on August 2, 1936 in Mapleton. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2000. Nola started working at the Bourbon County courthouse in 1951 and in 1956 was elected to the office of Bourbon County Clerk. She remained in office 24 years until her retirement in 1981. Following retirement, she worked part-time for several years at Hinkley Beverages and Master Printers in Fort Scott. She was a member of the Fort Scott Community of Christ Church and a 20 year member and past president of the Business and Professional Women. She received the BPW Woman of the Year Award in 1981 and 1989. Nola was the current president of the Council at the Residencies in Pleasanton where she made her home.
Survivors include two daughters, Maxine Krull, Olathe, Kan., and Kay Coyan Bright and husband Charles, Wichita, Kan. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Janice Sinn; one brother, Walter Earl Pellett; one sister, Mary Harper; and three sons-in-law, Bob Coyan, Bob Krull and Kenneth Sinn.
Elder Richard Long and Cinda Reynolds will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Centerville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to either the Mapleton or Fort Scott Community of Christ Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701.