Gypsy Graves, 91, of Murphy, North Carolina went on ahead Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her residence. She was raised in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, but had lived most of her life in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Gypsy attended Transylvania University in Kentucky where she earned her undergraduate degree and later attended the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton earning her Masters in Archeology.
She was the founder and executive director of Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History in Dania Beach, Florida. Gypsy was a fellow of the Explorer's Club and a member of the Society of Woman Geographers. She was the first licensed female horse trainer in Kentucky and the first female to have a concealed carry permit in Broward County, Florida. Gypsy was most well known for her work in Egypt with her group, A.W.A.R.E. (All Women's Archaeological Research Expedition) which was honored by the United Nations.
Gypsy was named a 1996 Woman of the Year by the American Cancer Society and was named "Queen for the Day" of the Conch Republic. She was also the recipient of the JCPenny Golden Rule Award.
Gypsy was the daughter of the late Joshua Stanley and Marjorie Barnes Cosden and wife of the late George Keene Graves III, who died in 1980. She was also preceded in death by a son, George Keene Graves IV and two brothers, Stanley Cosden and Edward Decker.
Surviving are her three daughters, Kate Thilo and husband, Jeff, of Murphy, Mary Goodman, of Annapolis, Maryland; Louise Church and husband, Jeff, of Beverly Hills, Florida; a sister, Marjorie "Betje" Carlson and husband, Dr. Bruce, of Aspen, Colorado; three grandchildren, Sara Yinger, Katherine Perez, and Hayden Gaskill; and a great granddaughter, Mallory Perez.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For those who would like to share a memory with the family you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhome.com