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Marion Graves

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Marion Graves Obituary
GRAVES Marion Hale "Shug" Gregory (Pettit), a longtime supporter of arts organizations in Lexington, partner in the business Cabbages & Kings in Chevy Chase, and former first lady of Lexington, passed away after a long illness on February 25th, 2015. She was 83. "Shug" was born March 22, 1931 in Mayfield, Kentucky to Marion Hale and Noble J. Gregory. Her childhood was spent in her native Mayfield and in Washington, D. C., where her father served as Congressman representing Kentucky's First District for 22 years. She graduated from the Holton Arms School in 1948 and attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Kentucky, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1952. She then worked for the C.I.A. in its first years and pursued graduate level study in political science at Columbia University in New York City. She was at CBS News, where she helped produce Face the Nation from the network's Washington Bureau, when in 1957 she married H. Foster Pettit, who was to become Mayor of Lexington. After moving to Lexington in 1962, she became a strong supporter of the arts. She served as an early and longtime supporter of the Living Arts & Science Center, the UK Art Museum and Arts Place, which subsequently became LexArts. Along with friends and partners, Shug founded and managed Cabbages & Kings, a home accessory and cooking shop in Chevy Chase for 25 years. In 1981, she married Charles P. Graves, Sr. founding Dean of UK's School of Architecture. During their 20-year marriage they savored great travels, great friends, and an abiding love. Surpassing all other interests, however, was her devotion to her four sons, their families and her many friends. She is survived by three sons; Noble Gregory Pettit of Lexington; Harrison Foster Pettit, Jr. (Lisa Pearlstein) of Portland, Oregon; Van Meter Pettit (Linda Blackford) of Lexington and five grandsons, Addison and Cassius Pettit of Portland, Oregon and Staige, Hale and Hart Mason Pettit of Lexington. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles P. Graves, Sr. and a son, Hale Pettit. Services will be held at 3:30pm on Saturday March 21, 2015 at Walnut Hill Church, 575 Walnut Hill Rd., followed by a 5pm reception at the Lexington Club, 170 Esplanade. Donations in her memory may be made to the Living Arts & Science Center, 362 North MLK Blvd, Lexington, KY 40508, or to Moveable Feast, 474 Silver Maple Way, Lexington, KY 40508. www.milwardfuneral.com
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Feb. 27, 2015
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