Etoise  Graves


Etoise T. Hill Graves was born to Rufus and Rosetta (Graham) Richards Hill on December 26, 1923 in Taft, Oklahoma. She attended Sugar Creek Schools and later graduated from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Blind, and Orphaned (DB&O).
She was married to Joseph Graves, Sr. for 52 years.
Etoise retired from the VA Medical Center after 30 plus years of service. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Taft, where she served in several ministries. She also was a dedicated member of the D, B & O Reunion Foundation.
Etoise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Joseph Graves, Jr., his wife, Charlesetta Lee Graves and child, Donita Graves; also, a daughter, Bonnie Graves Wilkes. Others include six brothers: Willistene, Lawrence, Cephus and Moses Richards and Joseph and Elmer Hill, Sr., and her sisters: Mary Hill Foster and Henrietta Hill Balls.
Survivors include two sons: Donald E. (Marva) Graves of San Diego, CA and Jesse C. (Teressa) Graves of Austin, TX; two daughters: Etoise Graves (Norris) McDonald of Austin, and Marsha Graves of the home. Also, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, along with beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
A Home Going service is scheduled, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:00 p.m., First Baptist Church, Taft, OK. Interment will be Monday, March 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Park Mausoleum, Muskogee, OK.
Visitation will be Friday, 1:00 until 6:00 p.m.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes.
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Published on February 28, 2019
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