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Laura McGraw

Laura Viola (Savich) McGraw, 85, of Shasta Lake, CA, died June 21, 2010 at the Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, CA following surgery.

A graveside memorial service to commemorate her life will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery in Northome July 31 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dan Heath officiating.

She was born Sept. 18, 1924 in Northome to Dan and Edna (Nordby) Savich. She attended the Wildwood Country School and graduated from the Norhtome High School.

During World War II, she worked as a civil servant on the military bases in Ogden, UT, Hawaii and Quam.

She married Virgil (Bud) McGraw in 1948. They settled in Shasta Lake, CA, where they owned a plumbing business and The Covered Wagon bar until Bud's death in 1978.

She also worked at the American Legion in Shasta City for many years. She was a 32-year member of the Shasta Dam Unit of the American Legion Ausilary.

She is survived by two sisters, Elsie Fee of Blackduck and Martha Scott of Lubbock, TX; two brothers, Dan "Buster" Savich, Jr (Marian) of Blackduck and Robert "Bob" Savich of Bigfork; two granddaughters; great-grandchildren; niececs; nephews; a sister-in-law, Joann Greenwood and caregiver/cousin, Phyllis Smith of Shasta Lake, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son and her sisters, Anna Lindsey, Doris Lotton and Manda Sage and her brother, Buddy Savich.