Joanne H. Graves (nee Sullivan), 67, died suddenly on Saturday, September 24th. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt. She is survived by her husband, John H. Graves II, and her children, John H. Graves III & his wife, Helen, of Marion, MA; Margaret Graves of Beverly, MA; and Matthew Graves of San Francisco; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Paul Graves. She is also survived by her sisters and brother: Elaine Harrington & Lt. Col. Edwin Harrington (USAF-Ret.), of Leland, NC; Janet Maggio & Ronald Maggio of Woburn, MA; and James Sullivan, Jr. and Joan Sullivan, of Framingham, MA, and 7 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, James T. and Betty J. Sullivan (nee Everts). Joanne Hazel Sullivan was born in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the first child of James and Betty Sullivan. After graduating from Winchester High School in Winchester, Mass., she earned a Bachelors degree in business administration from Boston University. While attending B.U., she met her future husband, John Graves, whose family had moved in down the street from hers in Winchester. They were married in Boston at The Church of Saint John the Evangelist in July 1965, and moved the next day to College Park, MD. Their first son, John, was born in March 1966. Joanne was a longtime advocate for affordable housing in Massachusetts. She was the Executive Director of the Manchester Housing Authority from 1982 to the present. She was also the Executive Director of the Stoneham Housing Authority, and the former Executive Director of the Nahant Housing Authority. In addition, she was the former President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. In Manchester, she oversaw the acquisition and construction of several new affordable housing projects, including new developments on Loading Place Road and the redevelopment of 10 and 12 Summer St., which the Sierra Club honored as one of Americas Best New Redevelopment Projects in a 2005 report on smart growth nationwide. Joanne was also a passionate advocate for quality public schools and for the children of Manchester. She was a longtime member and the former Chairperson of the Manchester School Committee, and for more than 30 years served as a member, Treasurer and former President of the Manchester Boosters Club. Joanne enjoyed sailing with her husband John and family, serving as the first mate and navigator on their sailboats Valhalla and Hot Flash. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at Saint John the Episcopal Church 705 Hale Street, Beverly on Friday at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly Location) on Thursday from 4 to 8pm. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joannes name to The Manchester Education Fund, in care of the Trust Dept., Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Information, directions, condolences at .
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Published in The Winchester Star from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2011