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Mary "Maribee" Graves

Mary “Maribee” Graves of Rifle died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, in Ontario, Calif. She was 97.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Moose Cemetery, within Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. The Rev. James Legg of the First Baptist Church of Garfield County will officiate.

Fellowship and food will be offered for friends and family after the burial at the Rifle Moose Lodge, 133 E. 3rd St., in Rifle.



She was born Mary Stanley on July 9, 1906, in Logansport, Ind., of Pennsylvania Dutch and Scottish-Irish descent. She grew up in Kansas City, Kan.

She married Art Graves. He preceded her in death.



She moved from Kansas City to Southern California in the 1930s, and lived in Long Beach and San Diego for many years. She then moved to Rifle to help and be with her brother, Jack Stanley, who owned the Winchester Bar and Cafe, and alternated living in Rifle and Kansas City for the next 40 years, until moving to Banning, Calif., in 1998 to be near her son.

After a short return to Rifle, she moved to Ontario, Calif., and lived at the Bella Vista Healthcare Nursing Home until her death.

Mrs. Graves was a multi-talented woman who worked in more than 20 occupations. Her primary vocation was nursing, and she loved caring for others. She worked at the Shawnee Mission Hospital in Kansas City and at Clagett Memorial Hospital in Rifle.

Mrs. Graves was a member of Women of the Moose, and the Pomona, Calif., Emblem Club, now associated with the Ontario, Calif., Elks.

She loved to bake, can food, do all kinds of crafts and artwork, and to grow plants and flowers in her garden. She could get anything to grow.

She was always there to help anyone with anything, in any way she could.

Mrs. Graves is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Al and Marge Owings of California; by a foster son, Paul Knudson of California; by sisters Betty Brillhart and Rose Umpherman; by grandchildren Steve Owings and Marla Novak; and by six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, who she was able to see before her death.

She was much loved and will surely be missed.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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