Remembering: Ida Grey Reeves Graham

Ida Grey Reeves Graham, 95, of Ruston, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022. She was born on September 17, 1926, in Evergreen, the third of seven children to Eddie Ross Reeves and Bessie Jane Reeves.

Ida Grey was raised on her parents’ self-sustaining farm where she diligently contributed to her family’s livelihood. While working on the farm, she met her husband, Hollis Graham. They married at Evergreen Baptist Church in ­­1942 and moved to Ruston to start a dairy farm. As years went by and their family grew, Hollis and Ida Grey became active in the Ruston community as owners of Graham’s Furniture, Graham’s clothing store, and Lincoln Builders.

After their children were grown, Ida Grey studied fine arts at Louisiana Tech University. She enjoyed painting, drawing, and ceramics. She was a world traveler and a bird watching enthusiast. In her free time, Ida Grey also enjoyed tending her vegetable garden, going to exercise class, and spending time with her sister, Peggy, at the Evergreen farmhouse where they grew up. She was a devoted member of the Trinity United Methodist Church choir for over 25 years and a member of the Ruston Garden Club. Ida Grey will be remembered as a loving and fun mother, grandmother, and friend.

Ida Grey is survived by her children – Ronny Graham and wife, Judy, Linda Storms and husband, Richard, and Danny Graham and wife, Kate; Grandchildren – Clint Graham (Kim), Mark Graham (Julie), Dawn DeForest (Neal), Rick Storms (Laura), Tyler Storms (Michal-Jean), Holly James (Max), Sarah Pullin (Brad), Ginny Ramsey (Patrick), and Emmaline Smith (Peyton); Great-grandchildren – Taylor White (Patrick), Mary Hollis Lewis (Dave), Garrett Graham (Emily), Zoë & Mia Graham, Graham, Cayden & Chelsea DeForest, Mary Tyler & Anna Jane Storms, Ava & Caroline James, Reeves, Kate, George & James Pullin, Ellen, Jane & Grey Ramsey, Preston & Lois Smith; Great-great-granddaughter – Ellis White; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held in the sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston on Saturday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Doug Degraffenried and Rev. Brian Mercer. Visitation will be held prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction and care of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Pallbearers will be Cayden DeForest, Graham DeForest, Garrett Graham, Reeves Pullin, Bill Reeves, and Larry Reeves.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, 1000 W. Woodward Ave., Ruston, LA, 71270.

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