Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County lost a wonderful friend, leader, and example of a hard worker when Betty Graham passed into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Graham passed away in her home.
Graham was the Assistant County Treasurer who served under the management and leadership of Martha Gustavsen. When Gustavsen retired in 2013, two individuals in the County Treasurer’s Office wanted to run for the position. Graham did not seek the position.
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador believed the Commissioners Court should appoint Graham as the County Treasurer, since she had made clear she wouldn’t seek the position in an election. The Commissioners Court rejected Meador’s recommendation and went with the controversial – and disastrous – appointment of Stephanne Davenport instead.
Graham was the first Montgomery County employee to receive a 45-year service pin in the history of the County government. She received the pin in 2014. She retired soon thereafter.
Graham regularly participated in events at the Senior Center in East Montgomery County. Former Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark once said of Graham, “Betty lit up every room she entered. She loved everyone and everyone loved her.”
We will all sorely miss Betty Graham. This newspaper will provide a full memorial for Betty Graham over the next few days.
Our condolences to her family and to the employees of the Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office who dearly loved her.