Joyce Ann (Talbott) Graves

Born: Thu., Oct. 15, 1931
Died: Wed., Sep. 5, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 09, 2018
Location: Omaha Location

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Mon., Sep. 10, 2018
Location: Omaha Location

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Joyce Ann Graves, 86, of Omaha, Ill., passed away peacefully at 9:30 am, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado with loving family at her side.  Joyce was born October 15, 1931 in Shawneetown to William Edgar “Woody” and Nellie Ann (Harris) Talbott.  She was married to John William“JW” Graves on June 22, 1949.  JW preceded her in death July 21, 2013.  Joyce was a gifted homemaker who loved taking care of her husband, three sons, and her grandchildren.   She was very knowledgeable about antiques and eventually opened her own antique shop at Omaha that she operated for several years.  After closing her shop, Joyce worked at Edwards Funeral Chapel.  In more recent years she has enjoyed writing about her life and the southern Illinois area that she loved so much, including an article about one of her son’s trials and triumphs over polio that was published in Springhouse magazine.  She was a member of the Omaha Presbyterian Church for over forty years, and also attended the Omaha Baptist, Cottonwood Presbyterian, and Norris City Methodist churches.  
In addition to church activities, Joyce was an active member in many organizations including the Women’s Home Extension, the Promote Omaha Group and the Friendship Club.   She had a God-given love for people that was effortless and led to countless life-long friendships.  She talked to everyone she met like they were old friends, and usually that was exactly what they would become.  Joyce is survived by her three sons and daughter-in-law, Gary Graves of Champaign, John  Graves of Greenup, and Kevin and  Dale Ann Graves of Monticello.   Her cherished grandchildren are Sgt. David Talbott Graves of Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla.,  Julie and Ian Oberg of Denver, Colo., LaDawn and Scott Avis of Roanoke, Va.,  Kaley Graves of Riverton and Colin Graves of Hermitage, Tenn.    She was also preceded in death by her dearly loved brother and sister and in-laws, William M. and Jo Talbott, Gloria Jean “Donna” and Harry Gross , all of the Phoenix, Ariz. area.   Visitation for Joyce will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Omaha.  Funeral will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 10th at Noon 12 p.m. with Rev. Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be at the Bethlehem Cemetery near Omaha.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethlehem Cemetery.  


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Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Wed September 05, 2018
You have my deepest sympathy.

Judy (Muffett Rister) Evrard
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
Your family has our deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember JW and Joyce with fond memories especially from stories from my dad Bob Rister. Dad and JW were the last living relatives through the Rister family. We are presently on vacation and are sorry not to be able to attend services. May God comfort you and provide his wonderful peace each and every day.
Don and Judy Evrard and the Bob Rister family.

Cole & Victoria Miller
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
Love Cole, Victoria, & Crue

Victoria Miller
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Cole, Victoria, .

Love Cole, Victoria, & Crue

Dwight Robinson
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
So sorry for show will be missed by all who knew her. I have known Joyce and JW all my life from when they were married and lived in Adkin before moving to Omaha. I knew and will miss her.

Denise white
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
Joyce was such a lovely person and loved her family. I remember visiting her a few years back with Diane and how her face lit up when talking about her grandkids. Our sympathies go out to all her family.

Denise White
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018


we are sending our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. al and denise white

Jason Meyer
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jason, Lisa and Electa Ann Meyer
Meyer Funeral Home - Bishop Chapel
Greenup, Illinois

Kelly Winter
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
I always enjoyed talking to Joyce while playing the piano at Wabash Christian. She enjoyed hearing the hymns and she was a blessing to me. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Aileen West
   Posted Tue September 11, 2018
Joyce was a dear friend of mine and I thought of her often. I will miss her very much. You have my sympathy.

Donna West Allen
   Posted Tue September 11, 2018
You have my sympathy. I remember every time I saw Mom and Joyce together they were always laughing.

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