Dorris Lorine Graves, 97, of Heppner died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Deane Graves and Doris Kimbell in Umatilla.
Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. After the service, family and friends are invited to St. Pat Senior Center in Heppner for a lunch at 1:30 p.m. After the lunch, family and guests will have the opportunity to share in the celebration of her life.
Mrs. Graves was delivered by Dr. C.C. Chick on Jan. 1, 1911, five miles east of Ione on the farm owned by her parents, Robert and Ethel (Eskelson) Wilcox. She attended Lexington Elementary and High School. The principal of the school was her father, Robert B. Wilcox.
She loved horses and was the princess representing the Morrow County Fair and Rodeo in 1926. As the Grand Marshal for the 2000 Morrow County Fair and Pro Rodeo, Mrs. Graves once again was honored as the horsewoman and a promoter of youth groups.
She married John W. Graves on Nov. 15, 1928. In 1954 John and Dorris purchased a cattle-wheat ranch south of Hardman. John died Nov. 8, 1965. Mrs. Graves remained on their ranch south of Hardman and with her son Deane raised shorthorn cattle and wheat.
Later, Deane chose a profession as a long-haul trucker and Dorris sold her ranch and became very active in Morrow County organizations, helping to make a difference in Morrow County and also serving on state boards in Oregon. In 1974 she was selected as a delegate to the "Home Makers Council," and also the "Country Women of the World," traveling to Australia.
This experience was the beginning of her travels to India, Europe and China. Mrs. Graves and her motorhome were visitors to most of the 50 states, searching family genealogy. Then she became a snowbird, living in Mesa, Ariz., 13 years.
In 2000, she returned to her roots in Heppner and moved into the St. Pat Senior Apartments, living there eight years. She enjoyed playing dominos, pinochle, and working Thursday mornings as the secretary in the St. Pat's Senior Center. Mrs. Graves also volunteered at the Heritage Museum, and played golf at the local club. She always knew her children and grandchildren were participating in activities at school, church, 4-H, sports, music, and on to college, because she saved all the newspaper clippings and photos sent to her by those living in California, Washington and New York as well as those living in Oregon.
Survivors include her daughters, Betty Carlson and her husband, Louis, Heppner; and Rieta Hill and her husband Walt, Ocean Shores, Wash.; son: Deane Graves his wife, Doris Kimbell, Umatilla; a brother, Glen Wilcox and his wife, Joan, Portland; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Dorris was preceded in death by her husband, John W, Graves; her parents, daughter JoAnne Pettyjohn and her husband, Howard; grandson Ken Graves; sister, Eva Brosten; and brothers Charles, Claude, and Lester Wilcox.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Vange John Memorial Hospice at 1050 W. Elm St., Suite 220, Hermiston, OR 97838, or to the charity of one's choice.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in charge of arrangements.