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Carolyn C. Graves

Carolyn C. Graves        “beloved mother and grandma”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.----Carolyn C. Graves, 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on May 14, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, she was a daughter of John B. and Evie Grisham Crain.  On September 21, 1957 in the Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, she married the love of her life, Merle A. Graves, who passed away on December 4, 2017.

Carolyn was a graduate of Millington High School in Memphis.  Prior to her marriage, Carolyn was employed by International Harvester in Memphis.  She was later employed as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission in Oswayo.  She was also a self-employed furniture upholsterer.

Carolyn was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and its women’s group.  She formerly served as a Sunday school teacher and as a scout leader. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing with the Grand Squares.  She was a wonderful seamstress, cake decorator, and enjoyed quilting, being a member of the Piecemaker Quilting Club in Shinglehouse. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. In her younger years, Carolyn was an avid water skier.

She was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her greatest love was having her family together.

Surviving are five children, Sharon Elaine (Richard) Simon of Portville, N.Y., Donna (Leo) Higley of Eldred, John (Catherine) Graves of Warren, Gary (Patricia) Graves of West Point, Va., and Richard (Leah) Graves of Olean, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Nell (Norman) Newman of Memphis, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carolyn was predeceased by a brother, John Crain, Jr.; and four sisters, Jesse Arquitt, Jamie Ward, Elizabeth Tummins, and Peggy Forsythe.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley of Port Allegany, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Explosive Ordinance Device Warrior Foundation at www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Carolyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com



A candle was lit in memory of Carolyn Graves

Mark & Rhonda Duell Jan 30 2018 12:00 AM

Elaine and family; We are so very sorry for the loss of your mom. She always had a smile and a kind word. I still remember her helping us pack up my dad's station wagon when we visited your relatives in Memphis. Pretty sure she would have loved to hop in with us and go. Pretty sure we would have had even more fun with her along. She will be greatly missed along with your dad. Keeping you all in our prayers during this difficult time. Hugs to all.

Mike & Beth (Austin) Bell Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences on the loss of your Mother.

Becky Austin Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

Carolyn and Merle were wonderful neighbors and will be greatly missed. They were both so kind and generous to our kids and loved having them over to play. My prayers and sympathies are with all their family. May God bring you comfort and peace.

John and Amy Clutter Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carolyn Graves

Ron Tummins Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

May the thoughts and prayers of those who love you, comfort you at this time of sorrow.
She will be missed.

Greg and Yvonne Bump Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carolyn Graves

Nickkie Howard Jan 22 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so very sorry.

Dave and Kathy Garrity Jan 22 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jan 22 2018 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers going out to her family. She was a wonderful woman and I know she and Merle have left an empty spot in many hearts. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

Will and Tracy (Howard) Worthington Jan 21 2018 12:00 AM

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