Sylvia May Graves, 81, of Ash Flat, Ark., passed away June 12, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn.

She was born June 12, 1938, in Bradley, the daughter of Paul and Elsie Hendrix Gall. Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are daughters, Gale Orosz with her husband Mike Orosz, and Christy Wyatt with her husband David Wyatt; sons, Dean Graves with his wife Rita Graves, Tad Graves with his wife Dolly Graves and John Graves with his wife Dalene Graves; her siblings, Judith Guenette with her husband Norm Guenette, Toni Loftus, Patti Aliss with her husband Dale Allis, and Ronald Gall with his wife Judy Gall; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dean Graves; sister, Beverley Muehler; and brother-in-law, Gene Muehler.

Sylvia was described by her family and friends as a “wonderful mother, grandmother and friend to many people.”

She was loved and cherished by her husband, Dean, who she cared for in the last two years due to his failing health. She and Dean had been members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cherokee Village, Ark., since the early ’90s when they moved to Arkansas. Her church family was quite important to her as she and Dean had made many friends there.

“She will be missed by all who loved her. May she be reunited with her husband in heaven,” her family and friends said.

Memorial Mass took place June 27 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Highland, Ark.

“God’s Garden. God saw you getting tired. When a cure was not to be He wrapped His arms around you, and whispered, ‘come to me.’ You didn’t deserve what you went through so He gave you needed rest. God’s garden must be beautiful. He only takes the best,” said Frances and Kathleen Coelho.


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