Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 15, 2013

Wanita R. (Merrill) (Minor) Graft

July 13, 1930 - Oct. 13, 2013


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Wanita R. (Merrill) (Minor) Graft, 83, Kokomo, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on July 13, 1930, in Cassville, to the late Charles and Cora (Miller) Merrell. On Jan. 30, 1946, she married Thomas A. Minor. Thomas passed away on Oct. 31, 1976. She then married Clarence “Jim” Graft on Dec. 11, 1980. Jim preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2001.

Wanita was a high school graduate from Galveston High School. She worked on assembly at Delco Electronics for 25 years until retiring. Wanita loved to play bingo, take trips to Las Vegas, go bowling, and listen to big band music. She also loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are her three children, Thomas “TJ” (Ronica) Minor, Kokomo, Mary (Gary) Anthony, Kokomo, Kimberly (Daniel) Ralston, Kokomo; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Harold Merrill, Kempton, Bonnie Rawlings, Kokomo, Joretta (Ronnie) Holt, Kokomo, Rebecca (Bill) Hoover, Kokomo, Shannon Howard, Kokomo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both spouses; one child, Teresa Minor; grandchildren, Peyton Beatty, baby boy Layton; siblings, Charles Merrill, George Merrill, John Merrill, Frankie Merrill, Robert Merrill, Delilah Michaels, Francis Hillis, Gertrude Paul, Joy Delon, Leoda Clarkson, and Pheobe Miller.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., Kokomo, IN 46901, with Pastor Doug Benham officiating. Burial will follow at Crown Point Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions in Wanita’s memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen of Central Indiana. Envelopes will be provided at the mortuary. You are invited to read Wanita’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, order flowers or share a personal message for the family. Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.