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GRAVES, MARY ANN WEIR, 96, passed on into the arms of her Holy Lord on May 22, 2014 at 9 p.m. at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville.

Mary Ann, born July 25, 1917, in Louisville was the daughter of James Rumsey Weir and Lee Babbitt Weir. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Victor Graves, in 1970. They married in 1939 in Louisville.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Graves Brown of Youngsville, PA; and a son, James Edwin Graves of Louisville; three grandchildren, William Woodhull Brown of Miller Place, NY and Laura Lee Brown and Catherine Graves Brown, both of Youngsville, PA; and a godchild, Catherine Benson of Vermont.

Mary Ann led a busy and social life with her family and friends, who were her greatest joy. She was born in downtown Louisville and lived in historic St. James Court. She and her family then moved to a farm, known as Waveland, along the Ohio River. There, she learned to ride her horse and become an excellent swimmer. In the 1930s, she traveled the world, visiting Europe, the Middle East, and South America. She continued to travel well into her 80s.

Mary Ann was well-known for her social causes, serving many positions in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and St. James Episcopal Church, in PeWee Valley. She spent more than 60 years on an altar guild, caring for church linens and serving on the vestry and also the Daughters of the King.

For 23 years, she volunteered for the American Red Cross in Louisville. For 15 of those years, she served as Director of Volunteer Services in the Red Cross Blood Program. For more than 50 years, she was a member of the Louisville Woman's Club and the English Speaking Union, serving at the annual open house and tea party to raise funds to send local students to England to study music and the arts. Her grandfather, Edwin Malcolm Babbitt, was a founding member of the Louisville Country Club, and Mary Ann continued as a member up until her death. Mary Ann also was a member of the River Valley Club. For many years, she kept a pond of koi at her home and was active in the Louisville Pond Society. She was a member of the American Wine Society and, in her 80s, traveled to France to learn more about vineyards and viticulture. She supported the arts in many forms, especially the opera. She was a board member of various civic organizations. And she loved to entertain at her home.

Mary Ann loved horses, flowers, small children, and every dog she ever met, especially her poodle, Pierre. Her lifetime of memories spanned an amazing century. As a girl, she traveled Louisville by horse and buggy and her grandmother's electric car. As an adult, she saw men walking on the moon. She was a true Southern lady, and she made friends everywhere she went. She will be missed by all.

A funeral service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 401 LaGrange Road, Pewee Valley, KY, on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 -10 a.m. at church. Private burial is at Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisville Chapter of the English Speaking Union, St. James Church, and the American Red Cross.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from May 25 to May 27, 2014
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