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Violet P. Graves

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Date published: 3/22/2013

Violet P. Graves

Violet Page Graves, 98, of Orange County passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Dogwood Village of Orange.

Born Feb. 12, 1915, in Orange County, she was a daughter of the late Channing Page and Natalie Burrus Graves. She was also preceded in death by sister Alyce Graves Cave; and two brothers, Thomas Graves Sr. and Stanley Hope Graves.

Violet attended Mary Washington College. She was affectionately known as Auntie to her seven nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and -nephews, and eight great-great-nieces and -nephews, and to other members of the community. Family was very important to her, and bringing the whole family together provided good times and memories that will never be forgotten. At her table one was able to partake of the best food in the world. The simple life she lived told a lot about what she thought was important. She loved people and doing for them, and she loved her church.

At North Pamunkey Baptist Church Miss Graves ran the nursery for 40 years. She was also the "Chief Cookie Maker" for vacation Bible school, providing thousands of cookies over the years.

The family thanks the staff at Dogwood Village for their excellent care and gives a special thank-you to Janet Edwards for her many acts of kindness.

Auntie is survived by nieces Natalie Graves Fines of Fredericksburg, Page Graves Nestor and husband Bob of Virginia Beach, Rhonda Louise Graves and partner Ellen Coleman of Hampton, Violet Cave Varner of Richmand and Louise Cave Walton of Keysville; nephews Thomas Edward Graves and wife Jenny of Orange, and Samuel Lindsay Cave of Ashland; great-nieces Elizabeth Ann Graves Montgomery, Channing Page Graves, Allison Fines Michaels, Jenna Brown Agnello, Kathryn Leigh Brown and Dorothy Cave Leon; great-nephews Michael Channing Brown and Samuel Lindsay Cave Jr.; great-great-nieces Sarah Page Montgomery, Madison Elizabeth Montgomery, Samara Abbott Collins and Molly Abbott Corvin; and great-great-nephews Thomas E. Graves, Connor Page Graves, Jonathan Patrick Mitchell and Logan Crickenberger.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Preddy Funeral Home, 250 West Main St,, Orange.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in North Pamunkey Baptist Church cemetery. The Rev. Kathryn Hull will officiate.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made in her name to the Dogwood Village Foundation, 120 Dogwood Lane, Orange, Va. 22960.