Dec. 13, 2010 - Nov. 12, 1923
Mary Elizabeth Graves, of Walla Walla, Wash. passed away Dec. 13, 2010, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla.
Mary was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Cumberland, Md., to John S. White and Gladys Hargon. She was the oldest of six children. Mary attended school in Inman, Kan., where she participated in band playing her saxophone, and met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Graves.
Upon graduation in 1942, Mary wanted to help in the war effort and enrolled in nursing at McPherson College, and graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Wichita, Kan., in 1946. Mary married Robert Graves on Aug. 28, 1946.
They moved to Englewood, Colo., where Mary worked as a registered nurse. She loved it and had an energy to be there for her patients. In 1951, with three kids and a husband who wanted to start his own business, Mary moved to Filer, Idaho, to become the co-editor and co-publisher for the Citizen Record weekly newspaper. She was a full partner all the way with her husband, Bob. She got back into nursing in Filer for a period of time, as well. Mary and Bob then came to Walla Walla in 1968, and owned and operated Inland Printing Co. until their retirement in 1988.
Mary leaves to cherish her memory and legacy her children Brooks (Reita) Graves, Margaret (Michael) Bodeau, Chad (Marcia) Graves, Mary Catherine Graves and Pat Barnum. Mary also is survived by grandchildren Tara, Tyson, Russell, Danielle, Ryan, Nathan, Bernadette, Austin; and great-grandchildren Madelyn and Avery, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death recently by her loving husband of 64 years, Bob Graves, her parents and siblings Bill, Jack, Kate, Jim and Martha. She was also preceded in death by her son, John Michael Graves, and son-in-law Stanley Barnum.
Mary was active at St. Patrick's Catholic Parish for many years, and enjoyed her special friends, especially those she shared coffee with at St. Mary's after Mass. She also enjoyed the travels that she and Bob got to share during their retirement, and especially the times with her children and grandchildren. She will always be affectionately remembered for her absolute commitment and support of her husband, children, and the business they operated.
Mary loved her family unconditionally. She was a person of great faith, high energy for many years, and a women who was very loving and appreciative of her family's love toward her.
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, from 4 p.m. until the Rosary at 6 p.m. at Herring Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 425 W. Alder, Walla Walla, on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Catholic Schools through Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.