03/02/10 — ESTHER GRAF

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Died Feb. 27, 2010

Esther Graf, a survivor of the Holocaust and a devout Christian, left us to go to her Heavenly Father Saturday.

A graveside service will be held in Savannah, Ga., and will include a private ceremony. She will be interred with her parents at Hill Crest Abby Memorial Park.

She will be remembered as a woman who gave everything of herself to others. Her experiences in Nazi-occupied Germany led her to have a greater understanding of the dangers of racial and religious prejudice.

Ms. Graf left Germany and moved to Savannah, Ga., in 1948.

In 2001, she moved to Goldsboro to be near her daughter and family.

Ms. Graf was a scientist and the first white professor at a black college She was a Civil Rights advocate/participant and a social worker.

Ms. Graf was a member of New Life Baptist Church.

Ms. Graf was the daughter of the late Siegmund and Kaethe Mitzlaf Graf.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Capen and her husband, James T. Capen, of Goldsboro; her grandchildren, Carol Quamme, Justin York and his wife, Kelly, Joshua Capen, Nova Capen, Mary Easter and her spouse, Chris Edwards, Brandon Jones, James W. Capen and Kayla West; and her flock of great-grandchildren of whom she was proud, Caethe, Conner, Mackenzie Reid, Silver, Maddie, Emma, Alexander, Gabriel, Dixie, Brice and Emily. She also claimed as her daughters, Esta Blount and Carol Cameron, and grandchildren, Katie Fergunson and Savannah.

Local services are being handled by Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.


Published in Obituaries on March 2, 2010 1:47 PM