Lenora Graves: 1920 ~ 2015


Lenora M. Graves, a lifetime resident of Elderwood, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was 94. 

A memorial service will be held today (Friday, March 6) at 2 p.m., at Woodlake Presbyterian Church.

Lenora was born June 15, 1920,  to Emmett and Rhea McCarter in Elderwood. She attended grammar school in Elderwood and graduated from Woodlake High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1937. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1941. 

Lenora was a schoolteacher, first in Woodlake and, later, at Sequoia Union in Lemon Cove. 

In 1943, Lenora married Don Graves while he was home on leave from the Navy. After World War II, they returned to Elderwood and farmed citrus and raised beef cattle. 

Lenora was a lifelong member of Woodlake Presbyterian Church. After her retirement from teaching, she volunteered in the church office and also  as a literacy tutor at Visalia Adult School. 

In 1973, Lenora was preceded in death by her husband, Don.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia, and husband Ken McKee of Elderwood; three grandsons, Steve Deitz and wife Shelley of Elderwood, Emmett Deitz and wife Dion of Elderwood, and Jeff  McKee and wife Alie of Santa Margarita; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan, Ethan, Delaney, and Owen Deitz. 

Remembrances may be made in Lenora’s name to Woodlake Presbyterian Church (600 W. Naranjo, Woodlake, CA  93286). 

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