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Velma Rose "Grammy" Graves 1919 - 2011
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HOISINGTON — Velma Rose "Grammy" Graves, 92, died June 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 27, 1919, at Horace, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Huddleston) Moore. On April 23, 1939, she married James Lloyd Graves in Sharon Springs. He died on Sept. 14, 1975. A resident of Hoisington since 1942, coming from Tribune, she worked for Clara Barton Hospital as a nurse’s aide.

Mrs. Graves was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She enjoyed flowers, collecting frogs, sewing and baking.

Survivors include two sons, Allen Graves of Hoisington and Jimmy Graves of Herculaneum, Mo.; two daughters, Donna Ritchie of Ninety-Six, S.C. and Darleen Demel and husband Tom of Hoisington; a sister, Victoria Miller of Derby; a brother, Don Moore of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchldren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern Wertz and Vesta Wall.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home with the Rev. Kris Brinlee officiating. Burial will be at the Hoisington Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Clara Barton Hospital Foundation in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at


Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*

Box 146

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2011