Mildred "Billie" DeGraff

HAGUE Mildred Billie DeGraff of Hague, NY and Miami Beach on December 21st, at the age of 92. The widow of Ervin E. DeGraff and the daughter of the late Margaret Hogan and Gino J. Maranghi, she was a direct descendant of Ethan Allen. Born in NYC in 1915, Mrs. DeGraff was a graduate of Dickenson High School in Jersey City in 1931 and received her B.A. in 1935 from New York University where she and her future husband met as students when she was a 16 year old freshman. They were married for 58 years until his death in 1997. He was an advertising and publishing executive for nearly 30 years at the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. Mrs. DeGraff worked as a copy writer and stylist in the fashion industry at advertising agencies in Manhattan, and then raised her family with her husband in Scarsdale, NY, and at their lakeside home in Hague at Friends Point. She chaired the Literature Section of the Scarsdale Womens Club, organizing and presenting a variety of book and author interviews and events. She was active in the Great Books Foundation as a volunteer instructor of literature for Scarsdale schools. A member of the Northern Lake George Yacht Club for the last 51 years, Billie was active in the New Horizons Club of Ticonderoga, the Silver Bay Association (even as a live-in volunteer EMP for a summer season at the age of 86), and an early board member of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild for which she wrote newspaper publicity and helped produce events. She was also a member and discussion facilitator for the Great Books Foundation at the Miami Beach Library. Mrs. DeGraff is survived by her sons Bill of Miami Beach, Tom and wife Diane of Seattle, and Jack of Hague and Saratoga Springs; 2 grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. Donations in memory of Billie DeGraff may be made to The Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Box 125, Ticonderoga, NY 12883.

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