Carlita E. Ragan, 82, of Mt. Vernon, died 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of William Everett and Letha Jane (Webb) Graham. She married Bill V. Ragan on April 5, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1991.
Carlita was a cosmetologist at the Style Shop in Mt. Vernon and was a member of Old Union Missionary Baptist Church. She had a soft spot in her heart for children and her grandson, Aidan was the “Apple of Her Eye”. She loved bowling and was very willingly devoted to her family and her church family and she greatly enjoyed her many clients over the years.
She is survived by her daughter, Tammy S. Phelps and husband Donald L. of Mt. Vernon; brother, Jerry Webb Graham, Sr. and wife Janet K. of Ava; granddaughter, Veronica Smith of Mt. Vernon; grandson, Aidan Smith of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-law, Barbara Graham of Mt. Vernon and Merreta Graham of Sesser; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Mary Lee Reed; three brothers, William Everett Graham, Jr., Max Ray Graham, Robert Elwood Graham and two infant brothers.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Kenneth Holland officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or to Old Union Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hughey funeralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.