Dear family and friends, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beatrice Natilda Graham Jeppesen, affectionately known as Mattie.

She was born on July 7, 1939, on the island of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, to Inez Krigger Graham and James Graham Sr., both now deceased.

She was married to Emeleo “Mego” Jeppesen, who preceded her in death.

She left this earth on Oct. 17, 2021, in Covington, Ga.

She is survived by her daughters, Corliss Gerard-Hanson and Jennifer Jeppesen-Blyden; son, Elgin Jeppesen; grandson, Shane E. Benjamin Jr.; and granddaughter Ty’Elle P. Jeppesen.

Other survivors include sons-in-law, Roland Hanson and Wayne Blyden; and daughter-in-love, Celina Duzant. She also leaves behind her sisters, Grace Melba Graham-Romney, Arnel Graham-Benjamin and Barbara Graham; brothers, Earl Graham, Delroy “DG” Graham and Wayne “Chappy” Graham; brother-in-law Roy I. Benjamin Sr.; and sister-in-law, Karrel Daniels; special cousins, Doris-Mae Williams and Dale Swan; special friends, Cynthia Romney, Muriel “Murie” Lettsome, Aurelia “Arie” Donovan, Gloria Davis, Rita Samuel, Era Joseph, Joyce Edwards, Miriam “Muddy” Prince, Elaine McClean, Harriet Gordon, and Celestie McBean-Kean; nieces, Laverne Martin, Patricia Graham, Patricia A. Benjamin, Aretha A. Benjamin, Kamila M. Benjamin, Adia O. Benjamin, Laverne Sewer, Sherimae Phillips, Debbie Camacho-Alleyne, Aisha Milligan, Akia Milligan-Rush, Ara Milligan, Abrianna Milligan, Abrina Milligan, Brenda Graham, Lynette Nicco, Jennifer Graham-Thomas, Jeminesse Graham, Jada Graham, Jacquelin Graham, Lorraine LoLo Graham-Auguste, Rochella Mussington and Shewayne Graham; nephews, Reginald A. Petersen, Ronald Petersen, Warren E. Petersen, Elroy Graham, James “JJ” Graham, Jeremy Graham, Warren Graham, Allen Graham, Elroy Sewer, Jermaine Paris, Aubrey “Papito” Milligan, Rodney Barbel, Malik and Rasheem Williams, Wayne and Dwayne Dennis and Wayne Graham Jr.; and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

A viewing will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, followed by a service at 10 a.m.

Interment is at Western Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Turnbull's Funeral Home and Crematory Services,

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