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