2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Mavis Lucretia Graham (Nee Kerry) October 1, 1927 - October 22, 2020

Passed away suddenly at home on Thursday October 22, 2020. Mavis Graham age 93 of South Mountain. Beloved wife of the late Arnold Graham. Loving Mother of Bonnie (Bob) Bancroft, Terence (Christine Hall), and Anna (Art) Elliott.  Cherished Grandmother of Shanna (Pino) Dicorato, Laura and Colin Bancroft; Charlotte and Nicholas Graham; and Wesley (Nathalie), Sean and Erin Elliott.  Great Grandmother to Giorgia and Lila Dicorato. Survived by her brother John Kerry and sisters-in-law Ruth, Ogee, and Isabel. Predeceased by her parents Gladys (Holmes) and Norman Kerry, her brothers George, Harry, Herald and Ivan Kerry and sisters-in-law Em (Harry) and Marion and Donna (John). When she was one year old her family moved west, living in southern Alberta for a year and then moving to Ongre in southern Saskatchewan.  Years of poor crops followed by the drought of the 30’s forced them to move back east in 1938.  Mavis completed high school in Ontario and graduated from nursing at Oshawa General Hospital in 1946, becoming a registered nurse.   She married Arnold in 1949 and they lived in Toronto before moving to South Mountain in 1955.  Soon she was working at Winchester District Memorial Hospital as a nurse, head nurse and finally as nursing supervisor.  Mavis was very active in the local community, particularly as a member of South Mountain United Church, volunteering with the Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the local library, and in later years as a member of the senior citizens and diners groups.   Regular family trips to Barbados provided snatches of warmth and escape from winter weather. We would like to thank Mom’s many friends in the community who have kept active with her during her retirement years, making life fulfilling and enjoyable.  She was very happy to have been living in good health at home.  Special thanks to her neighbour Shirley for all her help over the years.  Finally, to those who have tasted her legendary grape pie, we have yet to find the recipe.  A Private Graveside Service will be held at Sprucehaven Cemetery. By family request donations may be made to the South Mountain United Church, Canadian Cancer Society, or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at


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A Private Graveside Service will be held at Sprucehaven Cemetery. By family request donations may be made to the South Mountain United Church, Canadian Cancer Society, or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at



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    Linda says

    So sorry for your loss.. a lovely lady..

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    Dale and Lois Keyes says

    Our deepest condolences to Bonnie, Terry, Anna and their families. Mavis was a one-of-a-kind lady and she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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    Sharon Richardson says

    Sincerest condolences from Sharon and Gord Richardson. Mavis taught me how to make Christmas fruit cake.

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    John Kerry says

    Our deepest condolences to Bonnie, Terrance and Anna and your families, on the loss of your mom. A long full life of service to others and love of family. Jocelyne and John Kerry jr

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    Cathy Blaine says

    Anna, sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I live in Smith Falls now. My email is, if you want to get in touch.

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    Dianne Boyd Radford says

    So sorry to hear about Mavis! I first met her when attending seniors with my Mom, Ruby
    Boyd. She spoke loving of her family and her travels to the Barbados. She was always such a classy lady! I loved that she would show up with her best china, I on the other hand was lucky to remember to bring dishes and when I did it was Corelle, which I could not break! I hope you find that recipe for that delicious grape pie! Thinking of you all during this difficult time! Dianne Boyd Radford

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      David and Susan Corlett/Plummer says

      We were so sorry to hear of Mavis’s passing. She was a lovely person and a good friend when we lived in South Mountain. Our deepest condolences to all of you.

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    Gerry Rosenquist says

    To Mavis’ family I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences. I knew her well as we were colleagues at WDMH for many years. She was well respected and loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
    Gerry Rosenquist

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    Jean Sloan says

    Sorry for your Loss Anna and Family She was a fine lady.

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    Caroline Rooney says

    We sadly never had a chance to say Good Bye! But knowing you over the many years I did was a gift! Sending sincere Condolences to the family for the loss of your Dear Mom❤️🙏

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    Janet Levere says

    So sorry for your loss. Mavis was a great lady.

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    Joan Levere Larocque says

    Condolences on the loss of your loved one. A fellow RN from WDMH.

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    Diane says

    Mavis, you will be missed, I always enjoyed our “bank” chats and times that I was able to join the group for seniors dinners. South Mountain has lost a great lady. Our condolences to you Anna and your entire family. Diane & Richard Langton

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    Donald and Lynne Levere says

    Sincere condolences to the family. Mavis was a strong presence in the community and she will be missed.

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    Susan Constable says

    Bonnie, Terrance and Anna. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your families during this difficult time. We have many warm and fond memories of your mom over the years. She was at times, a force to be reckoned with but always a gentle soul . Ever quick with her smile and laughter, just as forthcoming with her praise of her precious family. She was always very gracious, never forgot a name , she always had genuine concern for others. She will be missed by the many people who’s lives she touched. R.I.P. Beautiful lady.

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    Betty Hall says

    Sad to hear of Mavis’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, and we are privileged to have known her and have happy memories of her hospitality, generous spirit, sense of humor and the love she showed to her family, which became our family too when Christine had the good sense to marry Terence. Sincere condolences to all her family and those close to her. Mavis was a wonderful role model who set a high standard in how to live a useful, productive life and at the same time be a gentle loving person, firm in her beliefs. Mavis will be remembered with fondness by all who met her. May her wonderful spirit give strength to her grieving family.

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    Nancy Torrance says

    Our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of your lovely Mavis. She will never be forgotten.

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      Ken & Dora Francis says

      Our sympathy to The Graham Family. Such a classy lady. She will be missed.

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    James & Heather Graham says

    Sorry for your loss, Aunt Mavis will be sadly missed by everyone

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    Kathie Schmah and Anne Hanson says

    Dear Bonnie, Terence, Anna and all your families! The news about Mavis has just reached us here in Australia. We wanted to say how sorry we are, and at the same time how pleased we are that she was independent, on her own turf and terms right to the end!! Well done, Mavis, and well done all of you who no doubt helped make that possible!! Mavis was so close mainly Aunt June, and also to Mum, that she seemed almost family to us. We remember with fondness and laughter our trip to Ste Anne’s, the South Mountain lunches, her visits to the lake over the years, and the big trip she and Aunt June made to Bali, to us in WA, and on around the world!! We treasure her in memory, as does everyone who knew her I’m sure. Our Condolences to all !

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    Doug Crowder and Maria Alloggia says

    Bonnie, Terence and Anna. Maria and I were very saddened by the sudden passing of your mother. Terry, I have many fond memories of her when you and I were best friends growing up. She always made me feel welcome in your home, even late at night when the music might have been a little loud. She and my mother had become close friends over the past years and enjoyed going to various events in the community. Your mother especially enjoyed being the driver on their little trips and was fortunate to have enjoyed her independence and good health right up to the end. Our sincerest condolences to her entire family

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    Irene Crowder says

    Bonnie, Terence and Anna. My deepest sympathies to you and your families. Mavis was a dear friend who I will miss very much.

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    Betty Guy says

    My sincere sympathy to the family.I worked with Mavis at WDMH for many years.She was a Kind& Professional Nurse.

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    Grace Stobo says

    I wish to express my sincere condolences to all of Mavis family I met her at the dinners in South Mountain and enjoyed our chats I will miss her if and when we ever get to enjoy the dinners again sincerely Grace Stobo

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    Bob and Sandra says

    We wish to send our heart felt sympathy to your family. Mavis always always had that special smile and greeting every time we met. I know you will miss her very much.
    Bob and Sandra Weagant

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    Warren Johnsen says

    My deepest condolences to the Graham’s and extended family.
    I didn’t know Mavis but just getting a glimpse of her life through the obituary it is clear she was a strong, caring person committed to the well being of others.
    Happily these traits live on in my friend and colleague Terry, as I’m sure it does in the extended Graham family.

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    Mary & Willy Meerakker says

    Our sincere condolences to Anna, Terry and Bonnie and your families . I grew up across the street from the Graham family and worked with your mom at WDMH. Mavis was a very well respected nurse and a dedicated mom, wife and neighbour in South Mountain . You will have lots of memories to keep you all going.
    She will be missed . Sincerely Mary (Van Bridger) and Willy Meerakker.

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    Bill, Julie and Diana Skelly says

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Anna, Terry, Bonnie and all families. We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
    We definitely enjoyed our many vacations, happy hours and get togethers with Mavis and Arnold. We would visit Mavis every year when we went on our yearly trip to South Mountain. We will miss Mavis.
    Sincerely, Bill, Julie and Diana Skelly

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    Diane Arcand says

    Bonnie and Family
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom,I remember her as a lovely lady

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    Glen & Robin Simms says

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Mavis was such a lovely lady. She will sadly be missed . I will miss our visits.

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    Joyce and Ron Derraugh says

    I am sending condolences a little later than most but I wanted to say how much Mavis has been missed in our little South Mountain church and community. We all loved Mavis, and she is noticeably absent at church, even though we are not gathering like we would like to. I have often wondered if my Mom might have met Mavis years ago when they both lived and worked in Oshawa, as they were both there at the same time. Mavis was a wonderful supporter of our church and made hundreds of pounds of fruitcake over the years, among other things of course, for our bazaar. When she asked if I would help her make it with her several years ago, I felt rather privileged to be asked, and so she has passed on her excellent fruitcake making skills to only a few of us. And as for the grape pie, only a few of us were lucky enough each year to get a taste of it, and it was indeed delicious! I think I had to wait a few years to finally see what all the fuss was about! LOL. It sounded like an awful lot of work for a pie, but we appreciated it. I was glad to see Mavis, if only briefly, at her home for her 93rd birthday, and she looked so pleased to see us all too. She was a lovely lady to know.

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