Graybill, Ernestene

Written by David Green.

Ernestene Juanita Graybill, 66, of rural Hudson, Mich., died at home July 3 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943, to James and Marjorie (Doriell) Brooks. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1961.

Ernestene married Maurice Olin Graybill Dec. 21, 1963, and they were married 33 years.

She worked 20 years at Fayette Tubular Products and she was the owner/operator of A GraySwan Quilt shop.

She was a long standing member of Canandaigua Community Church. She started the youth group at the church and served as director for many years. She enjoyed spending time talking to everyone she knew. She also enjoyed quilting, card games and vacationing with her family.

Ernestene is survived by four children, Peggy (and Randy) Swander of Clayton,  Mich., Linda (and Josef) Swaney of Navarre Fla., James (and Debbie) Graybill of Hubbard Ohio, and Juanita (and Jamie) Kelley of Adrian, Mich.; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan and Noah Swander of Clayton, and Ashley Swaney and Maurice Graybill of Navarre; two brothers, Tom Brooks of Onsted, Mich., and Ivan (and Velma) Brooks of Carleton, Mich.; four sisters, Donna Steele of Jonesville, Mich., Ruth Westgate of Onsted, Ann Rice of Onsted and Carol Brooks of Adrian; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, James Brooks; and one sister, Mary Louella Stump.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Brown VanHemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Jerry Hoffman officiating. Dinner will follow at Canandaigua Community Church. Interment will be in the Canandaigua Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church.

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