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Fairfield —Elsie Graves, 93, of Fairfield, MT passed away surrounded by her family on June 19, 2014 in Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT. She's the daughter of the late Harry C. Brown Sr. and Mary Ida Hayes Brown. Visitation is open to family and friends on Monday, June 23 at Croxford Funeral Home from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 24 at 11:00am at United Church of Christ in Fairfield, with burial to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Elsie was born on August 25, 1920 in Flat Willow, Montana. She was married to William E. "Tuffy" Graves Jr. on June 18, 1938 in Great Falls. They lived most of their lives in Fairfield. Elsie worked various jobs that included places like Carlson Brothers Grocery Store, but ultimately retired from the Fairfield Clerk position in Fairfield, MT.
For many years Elsie enjoyed bowling. Elsie was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Fairfield for many years. She held various positions within the Eagles club. She played pool for many years on a league. Elsie also loved making quilts with the other ladies in the F.O.E., which they made for family members, raffle drawings, and those in need. Elsie continued to make quilts even at home for her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. On many weekends you could even find her dancing in Great Falls at the Elks, Eagles or the Moose club with "Tuffy" and in later years with her special friend Walt and other friends. Elsie was active and enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens in Fairfield to play cards. She also was part of a group of ladies in Fairfield that got together to play bridge. She had lived in Great Falls at Golden Eagle Plaza assisted living for the last four years where she continued playing cards and playing bingo.
At this time, the family would like to extend to the Golden Eagle Plaza and the Peace Hospice a sincere thank you for all the care and time they took looking after Elsie and also the support they have given to the family members. We are greatly appreciative for all that they have done for us.
She is survived by her daughter Virginia (Edd) Perry of Bellingham, WA; daughter Larri (Roy) Konen of Fairfield, MT; grandson Mitch (Susie) Konen of Fairfield, MT; great grandson Jacob Konen of a Billings, MT; great grandson James Konen and great granddaughter Amelia Konen of Fairfield, MT; grandson Dan (Avie Gregoire) Konen of Great Falls, MT; granddaughter Roylyn Jones of Lewiston, ID; great grandsons Ryan (Michelle) Jones and Rory Jones of Lewiston, ID; grandson Paul (Dee) Konen of Medical Lake, WA; step great granddaughters Ashley Barrow and Shante Milner of Medical Lake, WA; granddaughter Julie (Dawson) Young of Woodbury, CT; great grandson Jarret Young and great granddaughter Avery Young of Woodbury, CT; son Bill (Linda) Graves of Blaine, WA; step-grandson Jeff (Traci) Hinkle of Bellingham, WA; step-granddaughter Michelle Moffett, Bellingham, WA; step great grandchildren Miranda Hinkle and Eli Hinkle of Bellingham, WA; step great grandsons Alex, Ben, and Max Moffett of Bellingham, WA; and a number of other relatives and close friends.
Preceeded in death by her parents Harry C. Brown Sr. and Mary Ida Hayes Brown, her husband William E. "Tuffy" Graves Jr; brothers Lester, Gerald, Wesley, Harry, and Alvin Brown; and sisters Lela Brown and Edna Lee.
Memorial donations to: Peace Hospice of Montana 1101 26th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405.
Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 22, 2014