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Phyllis J Grafton

May 14, 1943 — September 2, 2023

Phyllis J. Grafton, 80, of Mineral Ridge passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023. She was born on May 14, 1943, in Warren, Ohio youngest daughter of Samuel F. and Alice G. (Clemson) Grafton. Phyllis was a 1961 Graduate of Mineral Ridge High School.

She attended Youngstown University majoring in elementary education graduating with a bachelors degree in 1965. Phyllis was a first grade teacher in the Newton Falls school district for 30 years, retiring in 1995. After retirement she helped raise and care for her great nephews Dylan and Devon for whom she adored.

She was very involved in activities with her church the First United Methodist Church of Mineral Ridge and later the New Hope United Methodist Church of Niles. She was a member of the Mineral Ridge Rebecca Lodge, and the Newton Falls Retired Teachers group.

She enjoyed travelling with her mother Alice and sister Judy. Spending vacations both here at home and abroad. She looked forward to spending time at the beach in N.C. and the family cabin in Pennsylvania. At home, she hosted many family picnics and summer holidays as well as opening her home for church and women’s group parties.

Phyllis leaves to cherish her memories, her sister-in-law Janet (Samuel) Grafton, nephews Todd (Jennifer) Grafton, Brian Grafton; great nephews Dylan (Angela) Grafton, Devon Grafton; step great niece Victoria (Nick Charnas) Sears; step great nephews Zachary (Jenna Kleiner) Sears and Steven Sears; and great-great nephews Hudson, Liam, Zachary, Samuel, Niko and awaiting baby Bennett.

Preceding her in death, parents Alice and Samuel Grafton, siblings Samuel (Janet) Grafton, Judith (Walter) Rathburn.

Friends and family may call Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 5pm-7pm at the Lane Funeral Home Mineral Ridge chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Heart Association in Phyllis’ name.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

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1350 North Canfield Niles Road, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440

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