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Audrey Graves

Audrey Graves, age 80, of Mendon, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 6:30 am in Blessing Hospital.

Audrey Graves | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILAudrey was born October 7, 1937 in Williamson County, Illinois, the daughter of Lawrence D. and Annadean Doughty Bell. She married Samuel L. “Sam” Graves on September 1, 1957 in Corinth, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2015

Audrey was a 1955 graduate of Crab Orchard High School in Crab Orchard, IL. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in Education Administration. Audrey was a beloved teacher at Durfee Elementary School in Decatur, IL, where she helped shape the lives of many children over 20 years.

Audrey had been the Executive Director for the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, and she was the Southern Illinois Coordinator for the Glenn Poshard gubernatorial campaign. She was also one of the founding members of the Plymouth, IL Chapter of the Junior Women’s Club.

Audrey also enjoyed singing. In her younger years, she was a member of a Gospel quartet that had been featured on the radio in Southern Illinois.

After her retirement, Audrey enjoyed travel, and she traveled extensively. She had visited all 48 states of the continental United States.

Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. After retirement, she and Sam moved to Quincy to be near their grandchildren. She was a devoted grandmother, who spent as much time with her grandchildren as she could.

Audrey was of the Baptist faith, and she was very in active in the Baptist Church.

Audrey is survived by two daughters: Karen Graves of Newark, OH, and Karol (Brad) Ehmen of Quincy; four grandchildren, Lauren McKinley Mueller, Madeline Riley Ehmen, Ella Bradley Ehmen, and Anna Bergen Ehmen, all of Quincy; a sister, Shirley Russell, of Galatia, IL; two brothers, Larry (Marsha) Bell, of Newburgh, IN, and Robert (Mollie) Bell, of Marion, IL; a sister-in-law, Marsha Bell, of Harco, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, Sam, Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Edward Bell.

Services: 6:00 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Manago officiating, and 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Marion, Illinois.

Visitation: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday August 2, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church, and 11:00 – 11:45 am Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Second Baptist Church, Marion, Illinois.

Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Marion, Illinois

Memorials: Community Foundation for St. James Lutheran School


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. I got behind on my newspaper reading. So shocked to see this news. So glad she had several years near you.
    Know the grandkids are missing her so.
    She was a very seeet lady and friend.
    Know she is rejoicing in her new home and with those waiting. Sympathy to all.

  2. Karen and Karol, I am so sorry for your loss. I was so happy when I found her on Facebook. I know she us happy to be with Jesus and Sam.

  3. Karen & Karol, I did not know your mother but if she is anything like you Karen, she was a wonderful and caring women. You helped Sharon get through the loss of our mother and she will be there for you. Jim and I send you and your family our deepest condolences. You are all in our prayers.

  4. You always wonder how friendships start. It was a day at Hy-Vee. I got this phone number off of the board encouraging anyone that wanted to vacation! And that was the beginning of a special friendship. I was fortunate enough to meet Sam. “What a love story!”. Audrey, my sister, Judy, and my daughter, Shawna, and I connected like old friends! Audrey and I would say….it is like we have known each other forever! I am so sad, but I also know that she missed Sam terribly! Your family was blessed to have such a special lady in your life! I was blessed to have her as a friend!

  5. Karol & Karen, your Mom and Dad were very special to me. Your Dad helped my Dad when he was so sick and your Mom gave me a daily pep talk when I was a beginning teacher at Durfee. My heart celebrates for Sam and Audrey today, but aches for you and yours. I will be thinking of you this week.

  6. I only knew her a very short time, but when we did visit it was like we’ve known one another forever. I thank my sister Barb for bringing us together. I recall our last visit…she was buying cooking utensils for a granddaughter. We didn’t get much shopping done for talking. My Sincere Sympathy . She’s a person many will miss

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