Ms. Grace O. Graves, of 500 Farmer St., Apt. 215, (Gillhaven Manor), departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Southside Regional Medical Center.
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Mrs. Grace O. Graves was born on Oct. 7, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pa. She was raised by Sarah Stevens, who she recognized as her mother. Grace found Christ at an early age and always believed in God.
She married the love of her life, Clarence Graves Sr., on Oct. 10, 1946, and from that union three children were born, Gail, Clarence Jr. and Thomas Sr. The couple raised their children in Queens, N.Y. During her residency there, she attended the Central School of Nursing and graduated in October of 1968 as a licensed practical nurse. She went on to work at Queens General Hospital before relocating with her family to Virginia.
Her love for nursing continued in Virginia as she was employed at the former Petersburg General Hospital and afterwards began working for the Southside Virginia Training Center. In 1992, she was recognized by the state of Virginia as "Nurse of the Year" during her employment with the Southside Virginia Training Center. On her 75th birthday, she was recognized by Gov. Tim Kaine and Delegate Rosalyn Dance for her outstanding service to the state of Virginia. After 20 years of faithful service, she retired from the field of nursing.
One of her proudest accomplishments was to see all of her children graduate from college.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Stevens and her daughter, Gail Graves.
Left to cherish her precious memories are: her former husband, Clarence Graves Sr.; her sons, Clarence Graves Jr. (Jeanita) and Thomas Graves Sr. (Norma); grandchildren, Shea Lawson, Khilia Graves, Thomas Graves Jr. and Reginald Graves; one great-grandchild, Keydan Graves; and a host of several relatives and friends, among them devoted friend, Gloria Clark.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg. The Rev. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Warfield, Va. A wake will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening at the chapel of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.blandenterprisesinc.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 2012