Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM and from 9:00 to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1000 Luebbering Road, Luebbering, MO
Private committal at a later date at Crestview Memorail Park, St. Clair, MO
Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge SD 57770
Nancy Maurine Graves of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on January 23, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-one years, one month and nine days. Nancy was born in St. Louis, MO, on December 14, 1938, daughter of Charles Edward Logan Ham, I and Gladys Alene Ham nee Neal. On May 31, 1958, she was united in marriage to Gerald Lee Graves, known to most as Jerry, and four children came to bless this union.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jerry Graves of Lonedell, MO; by her sons, Andrew Graves of Union, MO, Charles Graves and wife, Shani, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, and Michael Graves of Arnold, MO; by her daughter, Teri Graves of Lonedell; by two brothers, Michael Ham and wife, Susan, of Matthews, NC and Thomas Ham of the state of OK; by six sisters, Sharleen Winters of Columbia, MO, Kathy Keathley of Wentzville, MO, Lauren Dell and husband, Douglas, of St. Clair, MO, Kristin Ham of Cape Girardeau, MO, Elizabeth Gerling and husband, Chris, of Lonedell and Amanda Stelljes of Waynesville, MO; by seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles, I and Gladys Ham; by her daughter-in-law, Cherie Cotes; by one brother, Charles Edward Ham, II, known to most as Bruce, and by one sister, Victoria Moore.
Nancy was a Christian of the Catholic faith and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Luebbering, MO. She had made caring for her home and family her first priority. After her children were older, she owned and operated St. Clair Cleaners for about ten years. She was a talented seamstress, and she and her sister had even started a company, Hearts Desire, making clothes for premature infants. Nancy loved children and was passionate about helping others. She and Jerry shared their home with many foster children. Nancy was also an active participant in supporting the Lakota Sioux Indians by collecting and sending clothing each year. What meant most to her was the time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Luebbering, MO, with Father Bob Knight officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date at Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770.