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Minnie Bryce Abraham, 88, well-known resident of Clymer, went to heaven peacefully in her sleep early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, at Grace Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Clymer, the daughter of James and Agnes Clayton.
She was married to Howard â€śHubâ€ť Abraham, who preceded her in death in 1996, for 50 years. Together, they pioneered Little League Baseball in Clymer, an organization they served for more than 40 years. Clymerâ€™s â€śHub Fieldâ€ť is named in honor of Howard Abraham, inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
A longstanding business family in Clymer, the Abrahams owned and operated Abrahamâ€™s Hotel.
An extraordinary pianist and violinist, Mrs. Abraham is probably best known as one of the founders of the popular gospel group, The Watchmen. With sons John, Ken and Howard (Tink) Abraham Jr., and Indiana resident, Loren Green, she performed in churches and concert halls throughout much of the eastern United States. She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
A 1939 graduate of Clymer High School, Mrs. Abraham was a member of the Clymer Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, where she served as pianist and organist for many years. Earlier in her life, she worked at Season All, Clymer Day Care, and in her latter years, enjoyed being a greeter at Wal-Mart in Indiana.
She moved to Orlando, Fla., in 2004, where she lived until 2008, when she took up residence in Tennessee.
Mrs. Abraham attended Christ Church, Nashville, and was an active member of LifeNotes Sunday school class.
Surviving relatives include two sisters, Lillian and Ruth; three sons, John Abraham and wife Sandie of Oviedo, Fla., Ken Abraham and wife Lisa of Franklin, Tenn., and Howard (Tink) Abraham Jr. and wife Brenda of Casselberry, Fla.; six grandchildren, Eric Abraham and wife Paula, Marc Abraham, Kellee Abraham, Megan Cook and husband Keith, Ashleigh Abraham and Alyssa Abraham; and a great-granddaughter, Stella Pearl Cook.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Agnes; a brother, Jim; and a son, James Michael.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Bence Funeral Home, 655 Franklin St., Clymer.
A celebration of Mrs. Abraham's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2011, at the Clymer Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 690 Franklin St., Clymer.
Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, with the Rev. William Hazlett officiating.