Cindy Jesse-Graff

Cindy Lou (Jesse) Graff, age  52, of Broadus, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the Powder River Manor in Broadus.

Cindy was born on October 19, 1958 to Kenneth Jesse and Sarah (Daily) Jesse.  Ken helped deliver Cindy into this world along with the doctor.  Cindy grew up and graduated from Powder River County High School in Broadus in 1976.  She went to college, first attending Rocky Mountain College and then going to Eastern, now Montana State University, in Billings, graduating in 1984.  She then attended Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  Cindy graduated with a business management degree.  In Billings, Cindy worked at the courthouse, and later worked as a dental office manager at the University of Minneapolis.  She then moved back home to Broadus to work.  Cindy became a licensed E.M.T. and conducted training classes and CPR classes for the surrounding area.  She worked at Jesse Ambulance Services and was “the boss” of the garage.  After September 11th, she was appointed by the government for procedures on crisis training.

Cindy was a wonderful cook.  Her specialties were fudge and her chocolate caramel birthday cake.  She also enjoyed woodworking and made her oak kitchen doors herself.  She was especially skilled in fixing things at home or in the office, and was always trying to fix anything that was broken, usually successfully.  Cindy was a proud mom and loved to hear her girls sing and play the piano.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and the Youth Issues Group.  Cindy was always there for people in any situation; she was thoughtful to the needs of others before herself to the very end.  She enjoyed having fun with her family, and they loved each other.  She worked on building relationships with her family and friends.

Cindy is survived by her husband, Steve Graff, of Broadus; her daughters, Kourtney (Wayne) Hunking of Miles City, and Linda and Mary Graff of Broadus; her step-sons, Eric (Sara) of Billings, Ryan (Amy) of Fargo, ND, and Joel (Jill) of Iowa City, IA; her parents, Kenneth and Sarah Jesse of Broadus; her brother, Dick, of  Broadus; her sisters, Darlene (Tom) Smith of Rapid City, SD and Lora (Steve) Jenks of Princeton, IN; and eight step-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Minckler, in 1987.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Broadus.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Bible Church in Broadus.  Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.  Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to the family.

Memorials may be made to the Cindy Graff Legacy, an education fund for local training of emergency service personnel and equipment needs, c/o Steve Graff, 105 W. N. Street, Broadus, MT 59317.  Memorials may also be made to an education fund for Cindy’s daughters, also care of Steve Graff, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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