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Helen Nagle Graham


August 9, 2018

Helen Nagle Graham

Helen Nagle Graham

Celebration of life for Helen M. (Sally) Graham will be held at the Palouse Community Center Aug. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. and at the Linden Golf and Country Club in Puyallup Aug. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. She died July 2, 2018, following an extended illness.

Born the last of eight children to Granny and Dad Nagle of Palouse Jan. 3, 1933, she lived the first 19 years of her life on a wheat farm near the Washington-Idaho border. She graduated from Palouse High School in 1950.

During those high school years, Sally met Don Billings and they later married. They first moved to Colfax where she served as secretary for the school psychologist, and Don began a career in teaching.

They then moved to Puyallup where she resided for the remainder of her life. They had four children.

She married Richard Graham in 1971 and became a second mother to his six children. The combined families lived in the same residence. She enjoyed traveling, listening to jazz and rooting for the WSU Cougars.

Surviving are her four children, Molly Keaton (Pat) of Sumner, Scott Billings (Lori Bert) of Lacey, Patty Billings (Pete Larsen) of Redondo, Wash., and Ron Billings (Victoria Suryan) of Kennewick; Graham's six children, David Graham (Barb) of Kaiser, Scott Graham (Tonia) of Pasco, Bruce Graham of Sequim, Cheryl Graham of Bellingham, Laura Corbett of Bellingham and Steve Graham (Colleen) of Bothell; 22 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.



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