- 63 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 1, 1951
- Place of birth:
Osage, Iowa, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 11, 2014
- Place of passing:
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of Mava be with us forever|
Mava Jean “Kid” Graves, 63, of Port Charlotte, FL formerly of Clear Lake, IA, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in her home after a short, courageous, battle with cancer, with her loving husband by her side.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Music Man Square, 308 S Pennsylvania, Mason City, Iowa. The family is requesting that family and friends share stories and memories. Written statements can be made and read at the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Visit online at www.icscremationandfunerals.org to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Mava was born January 25, 1951 in Osage, IA to Robert and Louise (Stromley) McPhail. She grew up in Mason City and attended Mason City Schools. On March 7, 1976, she married Mark Graves in Clear Lake, IA. Together they raised two daughters, Angela Marie and Janell Mava. Mark and Mava lived in the Clear Lake area most of their life and Port Charlotte, FL for the last 9 years. In the early years Mava worked at Unisys in Clear Lake and later helped run the family businesses, Leisure Wash & Florida Sun and Roma Flower and Garden. While in Florida, Mava began volunteering at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. She made many friends there and always looked forward to volunteering or visiting there. Every visitor had to be taken to the Cultural Center for a tour. Mava will be forever remembered for her beautiful smile, bubbly personality and inviting eyes. Anyone who met Mava instantly became a friend.
Mava loved jewelry, purses, shoes and cars especially her 1967 Pontiac GTO and the corvettes she used to drive while listening to “Shakin” by Eddie Money. She loved to dance and have a good time. She will be missed dearly by all her family and many friends.
Mava is survived by the love of her life for 38 yrs, Mark Graves and their precious puppy Marki (girl); daughters Angie (Andy Ferguson) McPhail-Grey and Janell (Keith) Arndt; parents Robert and Louise McPhail; brother Carmon (Carol) McPhail; sisters Connee (Steve) Mandt, Karen (Robert) Bahl, Kathryn (Dennis) Hansen; grandchildren Dillon and Cacharel Schade, Drake Downs, Brittney and Brecken Arndt; one great-grandchild Orion Schade; numerous brother & sister-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mava was preceded I death by her mother-in-law Alice Graves and Vernita Nichols, sister Patricia McPhail, brothers-in-law Ronald and Jon Graves, niece Rhondi Graves and special friends Keith and Jacqueline Paulson and Larry and Marion Luker.
Mava may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org and can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/icscremationandfunerals
"Mark, we just recently learned of Mava's passing. We remember the fun times we had with you guys and the others in our old cars, especially Back to the 50's! Mava was such a nice and fun person to be around. God bless you and your family.
Terry and Pam Cobb"
"I will remember Mava as a true friend, who always made me feel special, comfortable, and always made me laugh. My heart is sad for Mark and Janell and family. I hope your memories and good times help you through this time of such great loss.
Mason City, Iowa"
"I am so sorry to hear about Mava's passing. Mava was one of my older cousins, I remember her being so full of life, she always had a smile, a smile that was from her heart. She will be missed by many and in the hearts of the ones that love her. Love Cindy
Cindy (Tollefson) Kelly
Black Diamond, Wa"
"All our sympathy on you, and your families loss. We will miss Mava too!
Dave and Nadine
"Mark and the rest of the family . I would like to send my condolences to all of you . I got visit with Mava the last time she was in town. We had a good time sharing old stories, looking at her pictures of her home and family ,her car . Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Mason City, Iowa"
"Rest in peace Mava. I will love you and miss you forever
Mason City, Iowa"
"Sorry for your loss. May time ease your pain and strengthen your memories.
"My dear sister. I miss you so much and all the memories we have made together, will be in my heart. I want to thank you for giving us your special daughter's with all the beautiful children who will live on with a part of you in each one. Until I see you and Patty again, much Love Kathy .
"Mava was an amazing woman. She loved her family so much and was so proud of everyone! I would like to express my condolences to all of her family and I hope that the many prayers of all those who love her bring you comfort. Her friends from the Cultural Center will miss her and I miss her so much. She made the worst day the best day by just being herself- fun, kind and just plain awesome! I love you Mava and I feel blessed to have known you. I have no doubt that she is watching over everyone now as she did in life because nothing was more important to her than her family and friends. Mark and Janelle- How you cared for her was more than anyone could ever hope for and I know that she could not love you more for all that you did
Port Charlotte, FL"
"Mava was one of a kind ..caring, sincere, fun ! She will be sadly missed My condolences go out to Mava's entire family. My last words to Mava were "Thanks for all the fun times and I'll see you when I see you ! " I treasure all of our memories ! See you .....again.... someday !
Deb (Shaffer) Weber
"My dearest mother, you were the best mom anyone could ever had. You lived life to the fullest and with as much fun as possible. I will miss you more than anyone will ever know! You will make a great angel!! I love you!
Clear Lake, Iowa"
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