Thomasina Graham, 95

Sept. 12, 1919 - Sept. 27, 2014
Thomasina Graham, Sept. 12, 1919 - Sept. 27, 2014

Thomasina Rana Graham, who was born in Amagansett, died on Sept. 27 at home in Naples, Me. Stewart R. Graham Sr., her husband of more than 70 years, was at her bedside. She was 95.

Known to friends and family as Mae or Maizie, Mrs. Graham was born on Sept. 12, 1919, the second child of Peter and Rose Rana of Amagansett. While working at the former Dominy Guest House in East Hampton, she met her husband, who was serving with the Coast Guard at its old Georgica Station in East Hampton.

Mrs. Graham was small of stature at just five feet, but she had a big heart, said her family. A “bundle of energy” and quick with a smile, she loved “all the many family gatherings throughout her long life.” Her children wrote that she could “bake the best pecan pie.”

The Grahams married on May 24, 1942, in Amityville, and raised their two sons wherever Mr. Graham was stationed. He retired from the Coast Guard as a commander in 1960, after which they settled in Maine. Mrs. Graham was said to have “embraced all the things expected of a service wife” and done them well.

In addition to her husband, who according to a nephew was the second person in United States history to fly a helicopter, she leaves two sons, Ross Graham of Naples and Bill Graham of Jacksonville, Ore., and two grandchildren. Three siblings survive as well. They are Rose Lester of Palm City, Fla., Peter Rana Jr. of Amagansett, and Diana Conklin Voorhees of Wainscott.

Burial was in Maine.