2006-10-07 / Obituaries

Nancy Williams Gram

Nancy Williams Gram, widow of six-term Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams and of H. James Gram, was laid to rest at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006, at the Mackinac Island Cemetery. The graveside service was conducted by Episcopal Bishop James Kelsey of Marquette and ended with the playing of taps by a Mackinac State Historic Park bugler.

Mrs. Gram, who was Michigan's First Lady from 1949 until 1961, died Monday, June 19, 2006, in Savannah, Georgia. She was 91 years old.

She was buried next to her husband, Governor G. Mennen Williams, who was the first Michigan governor to be buried on Mackinac Island. He also served as a Michigan

Supreme Court Justice, including four years as Chief Justice, before he died in February 1988.

Following his death, Mrs. Williams married H. James Gram of Grosse Pointe Farms, who died in 2004.

Friends in attendance at the burial included former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley of Okemos, former Deputy State Treasurer Thomas J. Cleary of East Lansing, attorney Michael Staebler of Detroit, whose father, Neil, was the chief political strategist for Governor Williams, and Prentiss M. Brown of St. Ignace, son of former U.S. Senator Prentiss M. Brown Sr., who served as the first chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

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