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Sheryll Andrea Graves

June 15, 1940 ~ November 5, 2022 (age 82)

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Sheryll Andrea Graves entered eternal life on Saturday November 5, 2022 she was born on June 15, 1940. She is survived by 6 of her 7 children Carla Graves Fox (Vaughn Fox), Burrell Graves, Jay Graves, Lorinda Graves Perri (Frank Perri), Steven Graves (Shawnette Graves), Anissa Graves Larson (deceased) and Carlton Graves (Tonya Graves). She has 19 grand children and 11 great grand children. She attended St. Frances deSales Catholic high school. Sheryll enjoyed performing and took dance classes she excelled in tap, modern dance and ballet. She was part of dance troops and loved to entertain. She was definitely not shy, she had a bubbly personality that drew people to her. She met and she married Carl Graves the love of her life in high school, they were married for 49 years. He proceeded her in death on January 31, 2009. Mom had several fun unusual talents, like she was a race car driver with dad and his cousin Andy. She even won a race and received a trophy the night before she delivered her second baby, a boy, Burrell. She had a station wagon with a 409 engine and also drove a Corvette. After her children were grown she drove a speedy Z28 Camaro. She was adventurous and would try, if her body would allow, just about anything. She learned to scuba dive, the most difficult part for her was sinking, she needed extra weights to help her sink to the bottom. She had a great telephone voice and was a good communicator over the phone. She tried her hand at Avon and even worked with her daughters in Mary Kay. She would tell you, her greatest accomplishment was having her 7 children. She loved being a mom and she was like a mother to everyone in the neighborhood. One of her favorite things was making costumes for various theatrical presentations for all ages. She worked with her daughter’s plays in high school and then when she moved to Colorado Springs, she worked with children at the grade school level for their theatrical presentations. Sheryll traveled with Carl over the years on trips he earned, Hong Kong, Austria, Hawaii, Cayman Islands & Virgin Islands, Banff & Vancouver Canada, Mexico and Disney Land & Disney World with her family. They raised their children in Englewood, Colorado all of them graduating from Sheridan High School. The family were parishioners of Holy Name Catholic Church where all of her children grew up in the catholic faith. Sheryll worked for the Foothills Parks & Recreation Center for several years before she and Carl moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where she worked with him in the insurance industry, Graves & Associates. Sheryll & Carl own a small property in Grand Lake, CO and this was their family vacation spot, and holds many, many wonderful memories with their best friends Dorothy and Bob Wanczyk and their family. Where we all learned to water ski, in the summer on the beautiful, but chilly, lake Granby and Grand Lake. We road snowmobiles in the winter, and we spent countless hours playing cards. They were active in the Looking Glass Corvette club, the British Motorcycle club and were parishioners at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church and belonged to several bible studies over the years. Sheryll continued on with the women’s bible study after Carl passed away. Sheryll and Carl made space in her their home to care for Carl’s mom, Lois Latham. Sheryll carried on and took care of her mother in-law for another 4 years until Lois passed away. Sheryll had rheumatoid arthritis her entire life and consequently she needed knee replacements. She had 2 complete sets of replacements, both knees in 1988 and then again in 2006. She had reconstructive surgery done on one of her feet because of a broken toe and the arthritis had affected her ankles as well. Even with all of these surgeries and reasons to be immobile mom was not going to be stopped. As time moved on mom slowed more and more and realized she was going to need more help, daily. It was at this time that she decided she wanted to move from her living situation in their single family home, into an independent living facility. After researching, we found Mackenzie Place in Colorado Springs. She lived independently and then move into assisted living and then into memory care as she needed. She was loved by those who cared for her and she loved them. 

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