Martha Willadean Dalton Graham, 75, of Hillsville has gone to be with our Lord on 26 April 2010. She was born on 4 November 1934 in Carroll County to the late Ward and Ruby Dalton. Willadean was preceded in death by her loving husband Thomas H. Graham.
Willadean graduated from Radford College in 1955 and earned her masters in Education from Virginia Tech in 1978. After a whirlwind courtship that began in Norfolk, Va, she married Tom on 26 July 1959. She traveled the world with her husband before settling down in Hillsville in 1969. She was a loving wife, mother and educator. She was a lifetime member of Hillsville First Baptist Church. She was dedicated to the community through active membership in Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Womans Club and Future Homemakers of America prior to her illness. She was an educator at both church and school. She taught Sunday School for more than 20 years at First Baptist and Home Economics (as well as some science and math) in California, Kansas and Virginia for more than 32 years. She loved to laugh and was a great source of joy to all that met her.
She is survived by her son, Thomas H. Graham, Jr. and wife, Robin ; daughters Elizabeth Beth Graham of Hillsville; Teresa Meadows and husband Mark of Williamston, SC; and Cathy Gillen and husband Kevin, currently living in Kuwait. She leaves behind two brothers Claude Dalton of Cana and Nelson Dalton of Hillsville; and sisters Mary Horton of Galax and Billie Taylor of Hillsville. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Christina Meadows, Marcus Meadows, Mason Graham and Lucas Graham; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece Theresa Timulty and nephew Michael Timulty both of Boston, MA.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ty Harrison, Rev. Ronnie Collins, and Dr. Lawrence Childs officiating. Burial will follow in Monta Vista Memory Gardens in Galax. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.