Eileen C. (McLean) Graham

  • Born: February 9, 1930
  • Died: February 3, 2020
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Eileen C. (McLean) Graham passed away at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading on February 3, 2020 at the age of 89. Eileen was born in Dorchester on February 9, 1930 to the late Joseph F. & Alice (McDonald) McLean. She was raised in Dorchester, graduated from St. Gregory School in Dorchester and from University of Massachusetts Boston (formerly Boston State Teacher's College) with a bachelor's degree. Eileen taught kindergarten in the Boston Public Schools for over 20 years. She lived most of her life in Boston, Melrose for several years before moving to Reading. Eileen was the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Graham. Loving mother of Kathleen Jacobson and her husband Ralph of Melrose, Joseph Graham of Burlington and William Graham and his wife Julie of Medford. Cherished grandmother of Cheryl Yiatras, Paul Jacobson and Michele Neville. Great grandmother of Nicklas, Connor, Christian, Jake and Zachary. She is also survived by her loyal Australian Cattle dog "Tessa". A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Monday at 2:15 PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Eileen's name to the Alzheimer's Assoc. 309 Waverley Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02452 or St. Jude's Children Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Kathy, Joey, Billy and all your family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Eileen. She was a kind sweet strong woman. Always positive and pleasant. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. May your memories of all your great times together bring you through this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace with Joe.

The Olsen Family

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2020

Our hearts go out to Kathy, Billy, Joey, Ralph, all the grandkids and great-grandkids. We will always remember Aunt Eileen's kindness and grace in everything she did. We are so grateful for the lovely quilts that she made and they will be keepsakes for our lives and our kids. Best blueberry muffin maker in the world and the sweetest lady around! Sending so much love to you all.

Dennis, Michelle and the kids

Posted by Dennis McLean and Family - Sarasota, FL - Family   February 09, 2020

Dear Kathy, Ralph and family,
Gen and I were saddened to hear of your mother's passing. No matter the persons age or how expected the passing may be it is always a terrible feeling of loss for those left behind. I know that you are a person of great faith so you know that she will be watching over you and your family.
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Dr. and Mrs. Francis McNamara
Gen and Frank

Posted by Francis McNamara - Rockport, MA - Friend   February 07, 2020

Dear Eileens Children My Mom and your Mom were friends since the first grade always were close right till your mom died all the wonderful stories Eileen was My Godmother imagine being Friends since the first grade How Wonderful Friends Till The End! And Forever ♥

Posted by Annmarie Rowell - Randolph, MA   February 06, 2020

We have been friends since kindergarten at st. Gregory's school in Dorchester. All these years we still remain good friends. I will miss our weekly phone calls Eileen. Rest In Peace my very good friend.

Posted by Esther (Lynch) Rowell - Randolph, MA - Friend   February 06, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   February 06, 2020

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