Marian F. Graves excelled in the medical profession.
Graves died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
She was born on June 11, 1925 to the late Willie White and Doshia Richardson White in Howardsville, Va. She was also known as “Polly.”
Graves attended a one room school — Mt. Alto in Howardsville, Va. She later moved to Philadelphia. She received a certificate in practical nursing in 1962 from the School District of Philadelphia, a high school diploma in 1974 from the Standard Evening Adult High School and an associate degree in 1976 from the Community College of Philadelphia. She was a member of the American Medical Record Association and the Licensed Practical Nurses of Pennsylvania.
Graves worked for many medical institutions, hospitals, associations and other businesses including the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate Hospital, Booth Maternity Center, Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, Sears, Roebuck & Co., A.H. Gaddie, Realtor and George Brooks Home and School Association. She retired from Temple University.
Her family said she had a love of baseball, playing outdoors and gardening in her early years. She loved to sew and passed that knowledge to other family members.
Until her health failed, Graves was a faithful member of Saint George/Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church of Southwest Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius W. Graves II, and three siblings: William O. White, Clarence A. White and Margaret W. Solomon.
Graves is survived by her son, Cornelius W. Graves, III; daughter- in- law, Paula; grandchildren, Garey, Ashley and Nathaniel, four great-grandchildren, nieces, Diane S. Brown and Etta Solomon-Miller, and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Sept. 24 at Saint George/Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, 61st and Hazel Ave., Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Mt. Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.