At the outset, she changed her last name from Graw to McGraw, because she felt the latter made for a better-sounding byline. The Arkansas native, who was stricken later in life with multiple sclerosis, also prepared her own obituary, a text that will be front and center at the memorial service in Santa Fe this Saturday.
Per a report in the Albuquerque Journal by friend and colleague Mark Oswald, McGraw’s final bit of writing ends with this touching note:
TO MY FRIENDS
Dylan Thomas was wrong. You can go gentle into that good night.
You do not need to rage against the dying of the light.
It’s called the vesper light and it is very beautiful.
Walk on into the beauty.
The -30- tag will be familiar to anyone who has worked in the halcyon days of wire services and print newspapers as a mark denoting the end of a submitted dispatch. Read the full McGraw obituary, which includes details of her regional theater triumphs, here. RIP.
[Image of Dylan Thomas via: @DTCSwansea]