Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Farber Baptist Church.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jerry Ostrom.
Music provided by: Terry Joe Holt and Sammy Lee - vocalists; Clarice Cannon - pianist.
Interment will be in the Lick Creek Cemetery in Perry, Missouri.
Pallbearers: Buddy Graves Sr., Brady Graves Sr., Brian Graves, Buddy Graves Jr., Brady Graves Jr., Teddy Fowler, Arthur Allen, Clifton McReaken, Alan Hurd and Robert Jeffries.
Lillian Mary Graves passed away unexpectedly at 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at the University Hospitals and Clinics in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from Mark Twain High School, she managed the Shell station in Vandalia for five years and then worked for five years at Elzea Egg Company. Mary moved to the Houston area and managed an apartment building there for several years. She returned to the Vandalia area in the early 1970's and later became a CNA, working at several of the area nursing homes prior to her retirement in 1996. Mary was an avid bingo player and enjoyed reading, crochet and sewing. She was a member of the Farber Baptist Church.
Born: August 12, 1938 in New Florence, Missouri the daughter of Walter Clifton and Catherine Lillian (Kuda) Cullom.
Married: Billie Eugene Graves on December 31, 1954; he preceded her in death on February 17, 2003.
Survivors include: four sons, Billie E. and wife, Becky Graves of Warner-Robins, Georgia; Buddy J. and wife, Cindy Graves Sr. of Vandalia; Brady L. and wife, Donna Graves Sr. of Troy, Missouri; Brian K. Graves stationed in California; seven daughters, Catherine M. and husband, Wayne Andell of Westcliffe, Colorado; Sonya C. and husband, Robert Jeffries of Frankford, Missouri; Carrie R. and husband, Alan Hurd Sr. of Vandalia; Ceba C. and husband, Arthur Allen of Hartsel, Colorado; Cheryl R. Brown of Troy; Calia D. Fowler of Frankford and Celia M. Graves of Vandalia; two brothers, Albert Cullom of Vandalia and William Cullom of Madison; three sisters, Martha Flowers of Hannibal; Velma Largent; Colleen Stinnett of Vandalia; 36 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: husband, Billie; one son, Donnie L. Graves and one daughter, Cadena C. Carrico.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Graves family in care of Waters Funeral Chapel, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.