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Graber, Lizzie (1894-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Nov 10 p. 3

Birth date: 1894 Feb 6

text of obituary:

Deaconess Sister Called by Death At Beatrice, Neb.

Freeman, S. d. — Final memorial services for Sister Lizzie Graber, 72, who spent 47 years of devoted service to the sick at Mennonite Deaconess Hospital, Beatrice, Neb., were held Oct. 28 at the Salem-Zion Mennonite Church near here.

Sister Lizzie died Oct. 25 at Beatrice after a three-year-illness. A memorial service was conducted at the Beatrice Mennonite Church on Thursday forenoon, Oct. 27.

Born in Turner County, S. D., she attended elementary school in this area and completed her high school work at Beatrice. She joined the staff of the hospital there in October 1919. A brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Graber of Freeman, survive.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Dec 22 p. 12

text of obituary:


Sister Lizzie (Elizabeth) Graber, daughter of Jacob B. and Mary Graber, was born Feb. 6, 1894 in Marion, Turner Co9unty, South Dakota. Here she attended elementary school. Later she finished high school and took her nurses training at Beatrice, Neb.

She was baptized at the age of 16 on July 3, 1910 by Rev. Alfred Waltner and became a member of the Salem Zion Mennonite Church. She later transferred her membership to the Beatrice Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Neb., where she remained an active member until her death.

She came to the Mennonite Deaconess Hospital in Beatrice on Oct. 19, 1919 and spent the last 47 years of her life as a deaconess in service to the sick. Her unfailing cheerfulness and devotion to her patients' welfare made her much loved by all who knew her.

She enjoyed good health until three years ago. Signs of malignancy were discovered, necessitating two major operations, many treatments and long convalescence. She accepted this with complete submission, going back to her work each time as soon as strength permitted. An unrelated lung condition brought her to the hospital as a patient for the last time in February of this year, where her condition grew progressively worse. Death released her on Oct. 25, 1966 at the age of 72 years and eight months.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 27 at the Beatrice Mennonite Church, where Pastor Norman Bergen spoke on I John 3: 1-3, which was the last passage of scripture he read to Sister Lizzie the day before her death. A second service was led by Rev. Ralph Graber the following day at the Salem Zion Church at Marion, S. D., where interment took place in accordance with Sister Lizzie's wishes.

Survivors include her sister Frances, Mrs. Alfred Graber, of Sioux Falls, S. D., and five nieces and four nephews with their families.

The Mennonite obituary: 1966 Nov 15 p. 699

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