Raphael Cruz Graves

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Raphael Cruz Graves Obituary
Raphael Cruz Graves

Born October 24, 1924 in Phoenix, AZ, Raphael Cruz Graves passed away at 89 in Bellevue, WA on June 19. Rae was the third youngest of 20 children of Jesus and Manuela Cruz. She met Jim Graves, a U.S. Army sergeant, married him in 1944 and started a family that grew to seven-their contribution to the baby boom. Rae was a survivor, pulling herself up from poverty and through the trials of breast cancer by dint of hard work and determination. Moving to the Pacific Northwest in the late '40's, she and Jim pursued the post-World War II American dream. Rae was a beautician, a "Rosie the Riveter" at Boeing, and a line worker at Oberto's. They personally built their dream house in Tukwila where she lived most of her life. See additional details about Rae's life at Rae leaves her children: Evelyn Cruz Sroufe (husband Parker), Gerald Graves (wife Christina), Stephen Graves, Barbara Evans, Gordon Graves and Ronald Graves; her grandchildren: Stephen Graves, Jr., Jayson, Ryan, Jarod and Joshua Graves, Nathan, Heather and Asa Evans, Rebecca and George Graves; and her great-grandchildren: Gabrielle Graves and Evan Reed, Selah Rae and Isabella Graves, Jaden Oberlander, Madison and Lexsee Evans. She left a part of herself in all of us.

The memorial mass is June 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Thomas Catholic Church, 4415-140th Avenue South, Tukwila, Washington, followed by a lunch reception at the church.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 24 to June 25, 2014
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