Neva Lynn Graves was born September 11, 1936 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She married her loving husband Richard on February 25, 1956 in St. Joseph and they were blessed with two children. Neva was a devoted wife and mother, caring for her family. They settled in Ridgedale after Richard served in the United States Air Force. She and Richard enjoyed dancing, visiting new restaurants and spending time with their family.
Neva departed this life on February 28, 2021 at Lake Stockton Nursing Facility at the age of 84.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew & Hannah (Freeman) Thomas; her husband of fifty years, Richard Graves; and one sister, Nancy Gilpatrick.
Neva is survived by her children, Richard Graves & wife Penny of Dunnegan, MO and Joni Allee and husband Scott of Kingsville, MO; granddaughter Jessie Gruefe and husband Matt and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Austen. She is also survived by two brothers, A. I. Thomas, Jr. and David Thomas both of St. Joseph and two sisters, Nadeen Dawson of Kansas City, MO and Carol Barnston of Troy, KS.
Neva will be interred at a later date in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.
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