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Dorothy Nover Graves


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Dorothy Nover Graves

Dorothy Nover Graves passed away peacefully at home on February 29, 2016 following a brief illness. Dot was born May 12, 1919 in Roanoke, Virginia to Frederick William and Anna Jeter Nover. She grew up in Roanoke, graduating from Harrisonburg State Teachers' College in 1941 (renamed Madison College during her time there and subsequently James Madison University) where she majored in music and education, and held various leadership positions including President of the Student Body. After graduation, she starred in her own weekly musical radio program, and taught in Roanoke. In December 1942 she wed then-Lt. James O. Graves. Upon returning from World War II in 1945, J.O. accepted a position with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and they began their lives together in Richmond, Virginia. DuPont led them to Wilmington, Delaware in 1946, then to Seaford, Delaware and Kinston, North Carolina before returning to Wilmington in 1953. Dot was dedicated to her roles as mother and homemaker, and was very involved at Grace Methodist Church, as President of the Women's Society, member of the Board of Trustees, member of the choir and substitute organist. She became a teacher at the Delaware Preschool for the Handicapped, a particularly meaningful experience for her. In 1979 Dot and Jim retired to Roanoke then to Whispering Pines, North Carolina. They returned to Wilmington in 2003, where Dot remained until 2014, when she moved to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with her son. Her life was defined by her love for her children and grandchildren and her passions for music, reading and sports. Her husband of 61 years, her parents and her brother, Frederick William Nover, Jr., a tragic casualty of World War II, predeceased her.

She is survived by her son, James William Graves, and his wife Victoria Baker of Phoenixville; her daughter, Pamela Graves Galligan, and her husband Timothy of Castle Rock, CO; and her three grandchildren, Sarah Graves Scofield, James William Graves, Jr., and Andrew Michael Flick. A service for immediate family will be held at a later date in Roanoke, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in Dot's memory be made to the James Madison University Music Department Scholarship Fund c/o Office of Development, MSC 4401, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 12, 2016
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