Arlice Jane Graham


Arlice Jane Graham, 91, a resident of Copalis Beach for 35 years, passed away on February 26, 2013. She was born in Ferndale, Washington on April 14, 1921, to Hjalmar and Belle Pearson. She married Grant Graham in July of 1938 and enjoyed 59 years of marriage until his death in 1997. While her husband was in the service she worked for the Boeing Company in Tacoma as a riveter. They had two children at which time she became a full-time mother and homemaker who loved baking and sewing for her family. They moved from Tacoma to Renton in 1953, and moved from Renton to Copalis Beach in 1978.

Arlice loved to cook, sew, garden, and do crafty things. She became an accomplished artist in her later years with 2 of her paintings made into postcards and one painting hanging in a local museum. She also enjoyed clam digging, fishing, and collecting shells and driftwood. The last several years she loved to watch the Mariners games. Arlice attended Copalis Community Church with her husband, and was well known for her delicious pies and other homemade baked goods! She also helped out at the Copalis Food Bank alongside her husband for several years. She greatly loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Sturgis of Copalis Crossing, Washington; her daughter-in-law, Diane Graham of Kettle Falls, Washington; her niece, Linda Hutton of Tacoma, Washington; 5 grandchildren, Jeanne and Curt Begley, Holly and Tony Berkeley, and Jim Rolph; 6 great-grandchildren: Diana and David Carpenter, Amanda Begley, Roxanne Rolph, Tiana and Chase Berkeley; and 1 great-great-grandson, Davy Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Graham; and her son, Bradley Graham in 2006.

Graveside service will be at Mountain View Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. A memorial reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Ocean Shores Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Copalis Fire District #7.

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