Elizabeth JoAn Graham (Rude), 84, passed away on October 10, 2016, at her home in Bakersfield, California. She was born, May 31, 1932, in Mattoon, Illinois. After graduation, she moved to California. She achieved a Master's Degree in Psychology and an MFCC Credential in order to work with and help others. She leaves behind her spouse, Frank Graham; daughter, Betty Reeves; sons, Don Phillips and Richard Phillips; daughter-in-law, Julie Phillips; stepchildren, Frank Jones and Susan Jones; grandchildren, Lynn Bradshaw and husband, Ryan Bradshaw; Payton Phillips; and, Hannah Phillips; great-grandchildren, Hunter Bradshaw, Taylor Bradshaw, and Aiden Phillips. JoAn was a faithful member of Valley Baptist Church. She offered her services through Care Connection, a ministry of VBC, providing Biblical counseling. She loved fellowship and had close friendships with many through her Bible Study Groups. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of garden clubs, locally and in Oregon. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends, acquaintances, health care providers and Valley Baptist Church for your love and support through this journey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in JoAn's name to the Valley Baptist Church Greater Vision Fund, 4800 Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308 allowing the life-giving news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be shared with others. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at the Valley Baptist Church (Fruitvale Campus). For more information please call 661-332-8536.
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