Miller-Meeks Honors the Life of Fairfield’s Nohema Graber

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On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to honor the life of Fairfield’s Nohema Graber.


To watch Miller-Meeks’ speech, click HERE, and read her remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of a wonderful woman from my district who dedicated her life to the betterment of her community by educating the next generation.

On November 2nd, Fairfield lost a beloved member of their community, Nohema Graber.

Born in Mexico, Nohema later moved to Iowa, where her love for education drove her to pursue a career in teaching. She would eventually go on to teach Spanish at Fairfield High School.

When reading stories about Nohema’s kind and caring spirit I came across one that really warmed my heart, and I would like to share it.

When a dear friend of Nohema’s son was diagnosed with a brain tumor twelve years ago, Nohema would pray with her friend every day. Her son—now healthy—was among the countless members of the Fairfield community to attend Nohema’s vigil.

I send my prayers out to the friends and family of Nohema Graber, as well as the students and faculty of Fairfield High School as they mourn this tragic loss.

Thank you, I yield back the balance of my time.