Alice Delores Grafton, 88, of Hume passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at the Paris Community Hospital with her two sons by her side.
Delores was born on May 24, 1933 in Metcalf to Emmett and Zelma (Knight) Smith. She married Russell Grafton on August 15, 1954 in Metcalf.
She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Suzanne) Grafton and Jeff Grafton both of Hume; four step-grandchildren, Brittany (Shane) White of Schaumburg, Brooke (Brett) Morris of Brocton, Rachel (Chris) Wojtysiak of Charleston, and Wyatt Marler of Paris; 6 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin Smith of Hume and Ray Smith of Hume; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three sisters, Sandra Lowden, Frances Zorns, and Sharon Pigg.
Delores graduated from Young America High School in 1951 and would marry Russell Grafton in 1954 at the United Methodist Church in Metcalf. She became a house wife and a mother to her two sons. After her husband passed away, she became a house mother at E.I.U. in Charleston. She then went to work at Zale’s in Tuscola where she was rewarded with a week trip to Florida for being an outstanding sales person.
Delores was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hume, was an avid reader, golfer, and was always up for playing euchre. She spent her happiest days raising her 2 sons who were the love of her life. She was young at heart and loved to go on walks. Delores was kind, caring, and never knew a stranger.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Joines Funeral Home (Newman) with a visitation an hour prior to the service (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.). Pastor Leighton Miller will be officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Paris Community Hospital, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.