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Mary Elise Brownell Graves
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Obituary for Mary Elise Brownell Graves

Pawleys Island:
Mary Elise Brownell (“Meb”) Graves, 95, widow of Lt. Col. William Griffin Graves II, died peacefully Saturday, September 1, 2018, on what would have been her 73rd wedding anniversary.
Meb was born January 9, 1923, in Smethport, PA, a daughter of the late Robert Foote Brownell and Elizabeth Brainard Brownell. She grew up in Jamestown, NY and attended Allegheny College. Meb and her late husband Bill moved to Pawleys Island over 30 years ago from Burlington, NC and were communicants of All Saints Church where they had been very active. She loved following her sports teams and was a supportive fan who rooted loudly from the sidelines, or more often, at the television. She was a competitive golfer, an avid beach lover and thoroughly enjoyed her card games with family and friends.
Meb was the matriarch of her family. She loved, influenced and was an active participant in the lives of all her family members, who are incredibly thankful to have had both Meb and Bill present in their lives for so long. Their marriage was a testament to their strength and love, and they instilled in all the family their passion to live life with glory and meaning.
Surviving family members include: her son, Jeffrey B. Graves (Mary) of Kiawah Island, SC; her daughter, Katherine G. Clark (Victor) of Davidson, NC; her daughter-in-law, Karen L. Graves of Chapel Hill, NC; seven grandchildren, Colleen Graves Bagne (Alex), Kara Graves Ashby (Alan), Meghan Graves Laws (Bill), Matthew W. Clark, Morgan Clark Galdi (Andy), Scott C. Graves (Courtney), and Mark L. Graves (Christy); and eleven great-grandchildren, Madeline and Kaitlin (Ashby); James, Jack, Josephine, and Julia (Bagne); Abagail, Griffin and Emmaline (Laws); William and Joseph (Graves). Predeceased in addition to her husband and parents are: her son, William G. Graves III and her brother, Robert F. Brownell II.
Funeral Services will be held at ten o’clock on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Old All Saints Church, Pawleys Island. Officiating will be the Rev. Robert L. Grafe, Jr. Burial will follow in the All Saints Cemetery. A reception will be held after the service in the Acts Building.
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In lieu of flowers the family requests a memorial donation to: All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund (, or a charity of your choice.
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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10:00 AM
Old All Saints Church

Kings River Road
Pawley's Island, SC 29585





11:45 AM
ACTS Building of All Saints Church

3560 Kings River Rd.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

The reception starts immediately following the services at the graveside.

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All Saints Church Cemetery

Kings River Road
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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Charity of your choice

All Saints Church

3560 Kings River Road
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund


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