Times West Virginian
Lori Pulice Graham, 48, passed away on Thursday at her home in Decatur, Ga., after a long battle with cancer.
She was born and raised in Fairmont, the daughter of Sam and Connie Pulice.
Growing up, she worked in her grandparents’ grocery, Pitrolo Market. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from West Virginia University and was a registered nurse.
Lori worked as an operating room and recovery nurse at Fairmont General Hospital early in her career. She also worked as a nurse at Mon General and Ruby Memorial Hospital. She returned to West Virginia University to pursue a master’s in public administration, and became a director of ancillary services at Preston Memorial Hospital and managed several rural clinics.
She later became the administrator of Windy Hill Manor Nursing Home in Kingwood, Preston County.
The family relocated to Georgia in 2004. Lori worked for Medical Center of Central Georgia, a large trauma center in Macon, Ga. She later became the national director of hospitalist services for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn., the second-largest health care company in the country.
She finished her master’s degree in hospital administration from Ashford University in 2011.
Lori was a member of St. Joseph’s and later St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fairmont. She also was a member of the board of directors at the Fairmont Field Club, and was involved in various civic clubs both in Fairmont and Georgia.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard Graham; and their children, Troy Graham and his wife Katherine Kelton of Philadelphia, Pa., Hayley Graham and her husband Marvin Stammel of Roswell, Ga., and Sydney Graham, a student at the University of Georgia.
She is also survived by her sister, Lisa Lovette of Beaufort S.C., and her brother, Brian Pulice of Miami, Fla.
A service for Lori will be held on Monday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the DeKalb Medical Foundation, 2701 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033.