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Vermillion, S.D.

Gunborg "Betsy" Graham, 83, of Vermillion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Congregational Cemetery, Santee, Neb. Arrangements are under the direction of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton, S.D. Online condolences can be made at

Gunborg Elizabeth "Betsy" Graham, the daughter of Gunnar and Christine (Schonstad) Nelson, was born on Dec. 2, 1933, in Aurelia, Iowa. It was there where she received her early education. Her early years were spent in Aurelia and neighboring Cherokee, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Neale Towner Sr. and to this union were born eight children. Most of these years were spent in northwest Iowa, including Sioux City.

Betsy later married Donald A. Graham, and due to the nature of his work, they moved to different locales on a regular basis.

She was a person of many talents and passions. Besides holding a regular job, where she enjoyed interacting with other people, she was also very accomplished at home. She loved to cook and bake for her family, and enjoyed the precious time spent with them. Betsy also possessed an avid love for dogs and had her particular favorites over the years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rhonda (Phillip) McConnell, Neale (Mary) Towner, JoAnne (Mike) Kyle, John (Terri) Graham, Joe (Barb) Graham, Eric (Shari) Graham, and Tony Graham; 27 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rudy (Norma) Nelson and Carl Wallin; and other relatives and friends.

Betsy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald in 2009; her daughter, Claire Christine Towner; one sister, Alleda Lutzow; and two brothers, Levi and Bud Nelson.

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