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FARMINGTON — Stanley James Graham celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 13 at the Good Samaritan Society Four Corners Village in Aztec.

His six children, as well as seven of his grandchildren and seven of his great-grandchildren, attended the celebration, as did many friends.

Graham was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Rock Springs Wyo., to James and Pearl (Finch) Graham.

The oldest of 11 children, he graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1935. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with a rank of staff sergeant.

Graham married La Veda May McIlvain on April 2, 1947.  The couple had six children, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. La Veda died in 2001.

The family moved to Bloomfield in 1975 and were long-time members of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

He worked at Mountain Fuel Supply Co., which is now Questar, until 1971. He then worked in New Mexico's oilfields until the late 1980s, when he went to work for the Bloomfield School District until the age of 82.

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