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Virginia M. Grafmiller, age 96, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Freeman Hospital following an illness.
Virginia was born May 11, 1921, in Akron, Ohio, to parents, H. Earl and Mary (Batton) Simers. She graduated from North High School in Akron, after which she attended the Goodyear Industrial University. Virginia then became employed as a secretary for the following fifteen years at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She was a highly valued employee before retiring in 1957. After working for Goodyear, Virginia became a homemaker, caring for her family. She has been a long-time area resident. Virginia was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church.
She married Guy Grafmiller in 1957, he preceded her in death in 2007.
Virginia was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janet Topham; and by two brothers, Bill and Bob Simers.
Survivors include a son, James Grafmiller and wife, Lisa, of Senoia, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Sonia Price and husband, Michael, of Akron; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Forest Park Baptist Church with Pastor John Swadley officiating. Burial will follow in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on February 4, 2018
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