Barbara Mills Graff


Barbara Mills Graff
1910 – 2010

FARMINGTON — Barbara Mills Graff, 99, of Farmington, died Monday, March 22, at Orchard Park Rehabilitation and Living Center.

She was born Oct. 25, 1910, in Deer Lodge, Mont., the daughter of Willoughby G. and Nellie G. Dye. She was a graduate of the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Calif.

In 1935, she married Paul T. Graff, who died in 1970. She lived in Massachusetts, Switzerland and New York, prior to moving to Farmington in 1967. An active community volunteer, she was best known as the co-founder of the Franklin County Animal Shelter in 1976. She was active on its board until recent years.


She traveled to more than 70 countries during her life to learn more about the world’s religions, cultures and about nature. Glacier National Park in Montana was a favorite place from its opening in 1915, through her last trip in 2000. She loved the sun and visited beaches all over the world.

She is survived by her daughters, Martha Graff of Chesterville and Mary Barbera and her husband, Andre, of Annapolis, Md.; seven grandchildren; their partners; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughters, Sharon Graff in January and Barbara Grice in February.

The family offers gratitude to the congregate and nursing staff of Orchard Park Rehabilitation and Living Center, who caringly tended her during her last two years.