Joyce Kathleen Graves

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Joyce Kathleen Graves of Phoenix and Collins Ranch, Gila County, Ariz. died April 6, 2008, after a short bout with cancer.

She was born May 24, 1936 to Earl and Adelaide (Hertlein) Wilkerson in Raymond, Kan.

She married John Graves on Nov. 17, 1956, in Severn, Kan. The couple moved to Arizona in 1965 and Mrs. Graves retired from the Small Business Administration in April 1988.

Mrs. Graves is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Caryn Piatt of Phoenix and Kelly (Art) Branding of Glendale; sons, John, Jr. and Steven (Sandy) Graves of Phoenix; grandchildren, John (Chantelle) Piatt III, Kathleen Branding, John Graves III, Karli Graves, Matthew Graves and Nathan Graves; and one great-granddaughter, Amelia Piatt. She is also survived by brothers, Don (Ann) Wilkerson, Larry (Beverly) Wilkerson and Jim (Rachel) Wilkerson, all of Kansas; sisters, Charlene Jones of Kansas and Linda (Gerald) Robben of California; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gary Wilkerson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 17 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation or Hospice of the Valley.

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