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Judith Graham

July 3, 1948 November 25, 2018
Judith Graham
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Obituary for Judith Graham

Judith Kern (Martin) Graham, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, November 25, 2018. Memorial Service 12 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church. Visitation: 4-6 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the church. Judy’s family requests that casual clothes be worn. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
She is survived by her daughters, Jenny (Marcus) Hayes, of Marion, and Kimberly (Timothy) Kennedy, of Rapid City, South Dakota; grandchildren, Cian, Lochlann “Lucky,” and Adelaide Hayes, and Norah, and Fiona “Fifi” Kennedy; former spouse, John Graham; cousins, Monica Lewis, and George (Thiry) Kern; and many friends.
Born July 3, 1948 in Des Moines, Judy was adopted by Myles and Helen (Kern) Martin. She graduated from Washington High School in 1966. She went on to receive her teaching credentials from the Iowa State Teachers’ College (UNI). She married John Graham in 1973, they later divorced.
Judy was a very active Physical Education teacher in Edgewood, Iowa, Paraprofessional at Prairie Schools, and Aquatics Director at a couple of YMCA’s. She took the additional training needed to become the first female Safety Officer at Eastern Iowa Airport. Judy was the past Head Coach for Coe College Volleyball, and coached her Club Volleyball team for many years “Flipper” as she was called, still spent summers giving swimming lessons.
A member of the Chrome Divas, Judy enjoyed riding her motorcycle. She was also a founding member of Echo Hill Presbyterian and where she served as an elder and choir member. She loved her family, teaching, and helping others with support and love.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Evelyn Hayes; and pet family, Boomer and Maggie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Judy’s honor may be directed to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Prairie School Foundation, or the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

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4:00 PM 11/29/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 11/29/2018 6:00:00 PM
Echo Hill Presbyterian Church

9000 C Avenue
Marion, IA 52302


Echo Hill Presbyterian Church
9000 C Avenue Marion 52302 IA
United States

Memorial Service




12:00 PM 11/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
Echo Hill Presbyterian Church

9000 C Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church
9000 C Avenue Marion 52302 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Prairie School Foundation

Cedar Valley Humane Society

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center


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