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Iris Lewis Abraham
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1918
Canadian
Hemphill County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 2001
Canadian
Hemphill County
Texas, USA

Iris Abraham
CANADIAN Memorial services for
Iris Lewis Abraham, 83, of Canadian
will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First
Presbyterian Church in Canadian with
the Revs. Mert Cooper and John L.
Duncan officiating.
A family graveside service will be
before the memorial service at
Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction
of Stickley-Hill Funeral Directors
of Canadian.
She died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001.
She was born March 13, 1918, in
Canadian. After attending Texas
Tech, she married Malouf "Oofie"
Abraham of Canadian. She and her
husband were philanthropists in
the area, creating perpetual
scholarship funds at more than
20 colleges. They also funded
endowments and trusts. The Malouf
and Iris Abraham Charitable Lead
Trust funded numerous area needs
for nearly 20 years. She and her
husband also were involved in many
oil and gas industry associations
and in the Republican Party. She
was a 60-year member of PEO. In
1983, she was award the Distinguished
Women of the Panhandle by West
Texas A&M University.
Survivors include two sons, Malouf
Abraham Jr., M.D., of Canadian and
Bill Ed Abraham of Crested Butte,
Colo.; a daughter, Betty Abraham
Cooper of Canadian; eight grandchildren;
and 17 great-grandchildren.



Iris Lewis Abraham CANADIAN - Iris
Lewis Abraham, 83, died Sunday
Nov. 4, 2001. Memorial services
will be at 2 p.m. today in First
Presbyterian Church with the
Rev. Mert Cooper and the Rev. John L.
Duncan officiating. Family
graveside services will be before
the service in Edith Ford Memorial
Cemetery. Arrangements are by
Stickley-Hill Funeral Directors.
Mrs. Abraham was born in Canadian
on March 13, 1918, the youngest
child of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Lewis.
Her family was one of the earliest
to settle in Hemphill County. They
came from Kentucky in 1880 and filed
on eight sections of beautiful ranch
land between Canadian and Miami. Their
first home was a dug out, but by the
time Iris was born they were living
in a two-story house with a wide porch,
lots of shade trees and the wonders of
indoor plumbing. Thus, her early years
were remembered as being beautiful in
every way. Then when Iris was twelve,
her idyllic life fell apart. Two
traumatic events were to indelibly
shape this young girl. The first
event was a financial collapse.
Early in the Great Depression, the
Lewises went broke. They lost seven
sections of their ranch and the big
two-story ranch house which she loved
so much. They had to move to a two
room house on their one remaining
section of the ranch. No staircase,
no porch, and worst of all, no indoor
plumbing. As Iris was trying to adjust
to all of this, the second tragedy hit.
Her mother became very ill with cancer
and died a long drawn-out death. By
the age of 14, Iris had seen most of
her world fall apart. These sad losses
caused Iris to become very aware of the
needs of others, of their pain and of
their disappointments. Through her entire
life, she was always very kind, very
generous and always giving to others
even if all she had to give them was
a smile and a hug. After graduating
from Canadian High School, she went
to Texas Tech as a home economics major.
It was during this time that a very
bright ambitious young man from
Canadian started pursuing her. His
name was Malouf Abraham, but everyone
knew him as "Oofie". Some people thought
Oofie was too wild for her. Iris's
father agreed and tried to discourage
the romance. It wasn't long until
love won out. Iris quit Texas Tech
and married Oofie at First Presbyterian
Church in Canadian, which was then a
little white woodenchurch with a steeple
and a bell. So then it was "Iris and
Oofie". She was the sweet one and he
was the wild one. He was in charge of
bringing home the bacon, and she was
in charge of cook- she was always very
kind, very generous and always giving
to others even if all she had to give
them was a smile and a hug. After
graduating from Canadian High School,
she went to Texas Tech as a home
economics major. It was during this
time that a very bright ambitious
young man from Canadian started pursuing
her. His name was Malouf Abraham,
but everyone knew him as "Oofie". Some
people thought Oofie was too wild for
her. Iris's father agreed and tried to
discourage the romance. It wasn't long
until love won out. Iris quit Texas
Tech and married Oofie at First Presbyterian
Church in Canadian, which was then a little
white woodenchurch with a steeple and
a bell. So then it was "Iris and Oofie".
She was the sweet one and he was the wild
one. He was in charge of bringing home the
bacon, and she was in charge of cook.
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 Parents:
  William W. Lewis (1872 - 1957)
  Minnie B. Lewis (1874 - 1934)
 
 Spouse:
  Malouf Abraham (1915 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Edith Ford Memorial Cemeteries
Canadian
Hemphill County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section EF / Block 23
 
Created by: Nancy Hills Lamps
Record added: Feb 20, 2010
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