Virginia Tuttle Graham


Memorial services for Virginia L. Tuttle Graham, 96, of Carthage, formerly of Kilgore, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with Rev. David Hampton officiating. Private family burial will follow. Family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home.Virginia completed her earthly journey on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Carthage.

Virginia was born on November 10, 1921 in Sapulpa, Okla., to the late Andrew Bryan Tuttle and Gladys Lenora Fousel. She was the second child of eight children. Virginia graduated from Leverett’s Chapel School, Tyler Commercial College and attended the University of Southern California.

During World War II she was recruited to serve as a civilian secretary in Washington, D.C. Virginia worked as a legal secretary and licensed probate attorney in California before retiring in the late 1990s. She was a loving and caring mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed by all that knew her.

Virginia is preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Kunce; sisters Juanita Rudene Mercer and Karlena Ruth Jackson Flowers Bishop; and brothers James Andrew Tuttle, Donnie Ray Tuttle and Joe Erich Tuttle.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Janice Gallagher and husband Michael of Houston and Wendy Watson and husband Stephen of Houston; son, Richard Graham and wife Kimberly of Longview; sister, June Emaline Gilstrap of Tyler; brother, Carlos Bryan Tuttle and wife Elizabeth of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Sean Gallagher and wife Kelli, David Gallagher and wife Kristen, Jonathan Watson and wife Michaela, Stephanie Watson, Jeannie Kosa, Shawn Herdman, Bricel Herdman and Michael Herdman, and numerous great-grandchildren and other loving family members.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Facility, Carthage,  for their loving and compassionate care of Virginia during the final days of her earthly journey.

Memorials contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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