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Sharon Elaine Graves

Aug 2, 2012 - Staff

Sharon Elaine Graves, 70, relative of Fremont County residents, died July 23, 2012, at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody from complications of a stroke she suffered in 2008.

A memorial service will be at a later date in Ruskin, Fla.

Sharon Graves, an only child, was born to James Jackson Fennell and Aquilla Vivian Fennell (Davis) on April 22, 1942, in Avon Park, Fla.

She married Frank Donald Graves Sr. on Nov. 10, 1960. They shared 52 wonderful years together. During this time they raised four children and operated a tropical fish farm in Ruskin, Fla., for more than 35 years. In 1995, they retired and made their permanent residence at their vacation home in Cody.

Her family said she, along with her husband and children, enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, traveling, spending summers in Cody and spending time with her children, grandchildren, friends and family and showing them the sights of Wyoming. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Stars, Riverview, Fla., chapter.

She is survived by her husband Frank Donald Graves; her daughter, Sharon Michelle McCullers and children Kari Lynn Bradley, Patricia McCullers and Donnie McCullers; her son, Frank Donald Graves Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Alese (Hallman) and children Andrew Donald Graves and Emily Alese Graves; her daughter, Stephanie DeAnn Hitt and her husband William "Bill" Hitt and their children Samantha Charity Sewell and Matthew Eugene Hitt; her son James Charles Graves and his wife Stacy (Anderson) and their children Levi Anderson Graves and Easton James Graves; and her many cousins and close personal friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Quilla; her father-in-law, Frank Ruskin Graves; her mother in law, Twila Oleta Graves (Adams); her stepfather, Donald M. Chase; an infant daughter; and her son-in-law, Russell Duane Sewell.

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