• Norma Jean (Crosby) Cottingham Graff

  • Norma Jean (Crosby) Cottingham Graff, 76, Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

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  • Norma Jean (Crosby) Cottingham Graff, 76, Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
    Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. before the service at the chapel. Committal services will be private at Mount Washington Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64114.
    Norma was born July 25, 1936, in Leavenworth, Kan., and graduated from Lansing High School. She was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Independence, a member of the Young Matrons and served as a Commissioner on the Jackson County Election Board. She was a huge sports fan of the Chiefs, Royals and KU, and enjoyed playing Bridge and Canasta. Norma was preceded in death by husband, James “Sam” Cottingham.
    She is survived by husband, Hugh Graff of the home; sons, Reed Cottingham and wife, Phyllis, Orlando, Fla., and Bruce Cottingham, Kansas City, Kan.; stepdaughters Shirley Graff, Lake Tapawingo, Mo., and Natalie Graff-Baker and husband, Les, Lafayette, Calif.; stepson, Hap Graff and wife, Susie, Lake Tapawingo, Mo.; sister, Jane Richards and husband, Tom, Independence, Mo.; grandchildren, Samantha Cottingham and Ashley Cottingham, both of Orlando, Fla., Kristen Graff-Baker-Bishop and husband, Jonathan, Walnut Creek, Calif., Sarah Graff, Lake Tapawingo, Mo., Amanda Graff-Baker, Portland, Ore., Carson Graff and wife, Adriane, Lees Summit, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Natalia Graff-Baker and Zachary Graff-Baker-Bishop.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com.
    Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.
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