Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nancy Marshall Graves, 80, passed away on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

She was born on May 6, 1930, in Muskogee, Okla., daughter of Ben and Grace (Rousek) Marshall. She graduated from Central High School and Draughon Business School, both of Muskogee. Okla.

On Sept. 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to John C. Graves, of Muskogee, Okla. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1991.

During her adult life, she was a private pilot and a harpist and was teaching herself to play piano. She belonged to Venture Club, Women's Pilot Association and retired from Goodyear Tire where she had been the southwest regional cashier for 22 years. She and her husband loved to fly to Cassville and fish at Roaring River. In 1975, they moved to Cassville and owned and operated JoNan's Smoke House, where they also provided music for their customers. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cassville and was member of the Sarah II Sunday school class. At the age of 70, she started traveling on mission trips. She traveled to London, Vietnam, Guadalajara, Mexico and Guatemala.

Survivors include: two brothers, Monty Marshall, of Muskogee, Okla., and Alan Marshall, of Albuquerque, N.M.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Services will be held at White Funeral Home in Cassville on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. with Pastor James Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at White Funeral Home. Committal will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, Okla., at 2:30 p.m. on Friday with Laura Marshall Clark officiating.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Mission Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.