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Mary Louise Graham Nazor

Birth Date: April 26, 1926
Death Date: February 11, 2019

Death claimed Mary Louise on February 11, 2019. She was born April 26, 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee, daughter of John James Graham and Flossie Carter.
Her ancestors were in Shelby County by 1832 and 1854. Mary Louise has been interested in Memphis/Shelby County history and genealogy for many years. She volunteered at the Shelby County Archives by cleaning, organizing, and indexing materials and entering the data in the computer; and at the Main Public Library helping patrons research their family history as well as processing and indexing materials.
In her early years, she attended Rozelle Elementary School, Bellevue Junior High School and Central High School, graduating in 1944. At that time, she was a member of Delta Alpha Delta Sorority and other clubs. She attended Fairfax Hall Junior College in Waynesboro, VA for one year where she was inducted in to the honor society of Phi Theta Kappa and then attended Soule Business College in New Orleans, Louisiana. She returned to Memphis to work as a secretary for Chicago and Southern Air Lines (now Delta Airlines) and later for the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. Mary Louise was a member of these organizations: Early Settlers of Shelby County and Surrounding Counties, Tennessee Genealogical Society, and West Tennessee Historical Society, and she was a member of the Shelby County Historical Commission. She was a former member of the Le Bonheur Club and Alpha Delta Kappa (an educational sorority).
After her three sons began elementary school, she returned to college at Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis) earning a degree in education with minors in mathematics and library science in 1965 and ten years later received a master’s degree, majoring in library science. She began her vocation as a math teacher and later as a librarian in the Memphis City Schools for 16 years.
Mary Louise is survived by her three sons, Jack Graham Nazor, Curt Carter Nazor, and Kenneth LeRoy Nazor II (Dr. Sandra Baltz), who have given her great loving joy and pleasure in every phase of their lives. She also leaves her two beloved granddaughters, Dr. Casey Carter Nazor and Soraya Regina Katherine Nazor. Mary Louise was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Ann Graham Holmes. She is also survived by her first cousins, nieces, and nephews, who have always been very close to her heart. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church.
Funeral arrangements will be graveside services in Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, February 16 at 12:30 p.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”.

February 16, 2019
11:30 am
- 12:30 pm
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119
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Graveside Services
February 16, 2019
12:30 pm
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119
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    Written by: Claire O'Hanlon

    We are truly sorry for your loss, Rest in peace Mary Louise are thoughts are with Curt,Jack,and Kenny at this time.
    Going to Memphis will not be the same without Mary Louise.
    Love Claire ,Brendan, Kieran and Lisa Marie O’Hanlon

  2. R.I.P Mary Louise

    Written by: Brendan & Claire O'Hanlon

    R.I.P Mary Louise our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this time of sorrow and loss.May God ever keep you in his arms.The entire family will be in our thoughts.
    Going to Memphis will not be the same with you there.
    Love Claire , Brendan, Kieran & Lisa Maire

  3. Truly sorry for your loss. One day very soon, God promises to wipe our every tear and the sadness that we experience now, will be a thing of the past (Rev. 21:3,4). May you hold tight to the memories you have and maintain hope through God until that time arrives.

  4. Mary Louise Nazor - from Patrick McCarney

    Written by: Patrick McCarney

    We were very sad to hear the news of Mary Louise’s passing. Mary Louise found us her kin from American civil war time back in Ireland and we spent a very memorable year in Memphis Tn in 1992. She welcomed us into her home and we became part of the family. We last visited Mary Louise in 2016 and we were looking forward to meeting her again, a beautiful kind hearted and wonderful lady who was always fun to be with. We cannot make funeral but our thoughts and prayers will be for Mary Louise 11.30am Irish time. Also our thoughts are with Jack, Curt and Kenny at this time.
    God Bless
    Una, Patrick, Sara, Mark, Luke, and John McCarney

  5. Mary Louise Nazor

    Written by: Josephine B Hall

    Mary Louise was very helpful in explaining how the Carters and Halls were connected. She was delightful and reminded me of a very Southern lady. She shared a lot of family history for which I am grateful. My prayers go out to the family.

  6. Mary Louise will be missed

    Written by: Suzanne Carter

    Mary Louise, Linda Barnhardt, Karen LaPlante and Suzanne Carter had a ladies lunch group. Mary Louise would entertain us with stories of the “scoundrels” in the Carter family tree! She was witty, smart and fun and will be greatly missed.


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