CHARLESTON - Helen Graham Madison passed away on December
20, 2013 at Hospice of Charleston in South Carolina at the age of 82,
surrounded by her loved ones. A New Year's baby, she was born from
first generation Scottish immigrants, William and Jessie Graham, on
January 1, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Graduating from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC in 1949,
she then married Leo A. Braconnier. They had four beautiful children;
Rene', Douglas, Scott, and Graham.
In the Air Force, they traveled to Puerto Rico, Germany, and across the
They found a home in Hampton, Virginia. Helen worked as a teacher's
aide at Robert Sugden School and found her passion for teaching
children. She became a Kindergarten teacher at Emmanuel Lutheran
School. There, she was an active member of the Wythe Presbyterian
Helen was re-married in 1978, to Raymond Madison. She retired and
moved to Isle of Palms, South Carolina. All those who knew Helen
agreed that she was a kid at heart, and would make every day special.
She brightened a room with her wit and charm. She loved bringing her
family together at the beach, grilling out, having game nights, movies,
Stephen King, playing the piano, and making gourmet food with fancy
Helen, a.k.a. Grandmie, was and is a blessing to us all.
Helen is survived by her brother, Robert Graham of Goose Creek, South
Carolina; sister, Janice Brown of Silver Spring, Maryland; her daughter
Rene' and husband, Steven Souther of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina;
sons, Douglas Braconnier of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, and Scott
Braconnier and wife, Tara, of Carrollton, Texas; her grandchildren,
Ashley and wife, Aiko Souther, Kimberly and husband, Andy
Westergaard, Samuel Souther, and Erin Braconnier; her
great-grandchildren, Issa and Sophia Souther, Drew Westergaard, Adrian
Nesta Moye and Jude Antoine Moye.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jessie Graham,
and her son, Graham Stewart Braconnier. A memorial service will be
held at a future date in Hampton, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to
Hospice of Charleston, or MUSC.
Condolences may be left at www.lowcountryfuneral.com
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