Ida Mae Graber

Ida Mae Graber (Mast)

December 11, 1933 - April 15, 2021
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Ida Mae Mast Graber, 87, of Abbeville, SC, wife of the late Lavern Graber, died Thursday April 15, 2021 at her home; her family was with her. She was born in East Fairfield, PA to the late Joseph A. and Ida Christner Mast.

Mrs. Graber enjoyed the outdoors, spending much of her time in the garden and keeping her yard in pristine condition. Her other hobbies included painting, along with wallpapering. She and her husband, Lavern, founded, owned, and operated the Dutch Oven restaurant, a staple of the Abbeville community. Mrs. Graber was a member of Whispering Pines Mennonite Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Graber Nisly; a brother Olin Mast; and sister Ruby Miller.

Mrs. Graber is survived by her son Gary Graber (Debbie), of Athena, OR; a daughter, Sandra Hershberger (Wesley), of Abbeville; a son-in-law, Jason Nisly, of Greeley, CO; five brothers, Joseph Mast (Betty), Walter Mast (Betty), Jerome Mast (Julia), Paul Mast, and Ernie Mast (Helen); four sisters Esther Overholt, Mary Ellen Overholt (Lewis), Viola Overholt (Victor), and Elsie Overholt (Rudy); her grandchildren, Wendell Hershberger (Rose), Heather Horst (Myron), Sherilyn Kemp (Lyle), Gordon Hershberger (Dionne), Hannah Hershberger, Rebekah Hershberger, Abigail Hershberger, Grant Nisly (Julia), Alyssa Hopkins (Daniel), Mandy Burkey (Hans), Joel Graber (Joanne), Jonathan Graber (Breanna), and Michael Graber; and twenty great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 5:30PM – 7:00PM, Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Whispering Pines Mennonite Church, 7085 Highway 20, Honea Path, SC 29654. Funeral services will be 10:00AM, Monday, April 19, 2021 in the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home in Abbeville.

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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Abbeville is assisting the Graber family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    April 18, 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    April 18, 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Whispering Pines Mennonite Church
  • Service

    April 19, 2021 | 10:00am
    April 19, 2021 10:00am
    Whispering Pines Mennonite Church
    Funeral Services will be shown by Facebook Live via the Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services Facebook page.
  • Interment

    Whispering Pines Mennonite Church Cemetery
    Committal by Sam Mast

    Special Music by the Schwartz Family


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sara cruz

Posted at 11:12am
Loved her sweet spirit. How she climb to help Gary build his house in NV was my wow of her. Especially how she loved to get on a motorcycle with Mr Graber and go. So I gave her a nickname " Biker Mama". I have picture she sent me. Til we meet again sweet Ita Mae. Gary Graber family our most deepest condolences. She leaves behind hard shoes to feel. "Precious in the eyes of God is the death of his saints" May God grant peace to ALL those who grieve her passing.
Love The Cruz's in TX.

Gayle Cox

Posted at 04:56pm
Gary, Sandra and family,
Our hearts are broken over your loss but we also rejoice knowing we will see her and Lavern again. Your mother was truly a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. She surprised William about a month ago when she called him. They talked for awhile and it really blessed him. What a gift that was! Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you all.
William & Gayle Cox

Mike Gingerich

Posted at 11:13am
During the summer of 1980 or ‘81 Laverne and Ida Mae worked in Ohio. I was also working in the same area and would go to their house often.
They were very gracious hosts and treated me as family. Both Laverne and Ida Mae had a twinkle in their eye and loved to give us teens a hard time. 🙂
Blessings to you guys, the family, as you remember your mother and dad! Mike Gingerich

Love, Joe and Ellen

Posted at 09:49am
Sandra and Wesley and family, our thoughts and prayers are surrounding you.
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Vonnie Weaver

Posted at 07:51am
We wish we could be there with you! Sending hugs, love & prayers. Your Florida family .. Martha, Rob & Vonnie & the rest of the gang
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