01/15/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Melba Deas Graveley

Melba Deas Wood Graveley
(d. 13 Jan 2008)

Newport News High School Classes of 1964 and 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Even as the sad news continues to arrive, I was not prepared to learn this.  Melba Deas Graveley ('64 / '65) passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Mary Immaculate Hospital at the age of 62.

   Her husband,      Carl W. 'Budgie' Graveley Jr., preceded her in death on Saturday, January 24, 2004.

From the Daily Press - 01/15/08:  

               Melba Deas Wood Graveley

  NEWPORT NEWS - Melba D. Graveley, 62, passed away at Mary Immaculate Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

A lifelong Peninsula resident, she retired from Northrop Grumman after 32 years of service. She was a member of Langley Christian Church, Warwick Moose Lodge, Women's Auxiliary Coast Guard and Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a baker at Reservoir Middle School in Newport News.

Mrs. Graveley was preceded in death by her husband, Carl William Graveley Jr., her parents and three brothers.

Survivors include her son, Larry J. Wood Jr. and wife, Carole, of Newport News; sister, Ann D. Seawell and husband, Charles, of Yorktown; several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Alecia Guillette.

There will be an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. tonight at Peninsula Funeral Home with family visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Langley Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Matt Scott. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements will be handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 1/15/2008.

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I am so sorry to hear about Melba. We were sisters in Eastern Star. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Vaccarelli OES Smithfield #127 (Battery Park, VA) - January 15, 2008
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
James and Michelle Vaught (Gloucester, VA) - January 15, 2008
Our hearts and prayers are with the family at this time. Melba was a kind woman with a huge heart. Know that she has finally found tranquility.
Ryan & Wendy Stevenson (Newport News) - January 15, 2008
To The Family of Melba Graveley,
I am sorry to hear about your loss.
Let your petitions be made known to God, and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers my means of Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6,7
Norma Williams (Suffolk, VA) - January 15, 2008
As time goes on and it does; our friends and family are leaving us one by one. I like to think that they are getting our Heavenly home ready for our grand reunion. We are sad to see our friends leave but we should really be glad for them. No more pain, no more heartache. Melba will be missed greatly by us all!!
Shirley Caudill Williamson (Newport News, VA) - January 15, 2008
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I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Linda L. Lane NNHS 1964 (Williamsburg, VA) - January 15, 2008
Our prayers are with you.
Deborah Gilliam (VA) - January 15, 2008
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Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
John, Lori, Zach & Sam Riesbeck (Ramsey) (Yorktown, VA) - January 15, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Melba. I went to church with her on Orcutt Avenue, I believe it was. and also dated her a few times. She was a great person. My prayers and thoughts go out to you in this time of sorrow.
Glenn Dye (Grand Prairie, TX) - January 15, 2008
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We remember well school days and Melba. May your good memories bring comfort in the days ahead.
Jerry and Judy Allen (Newport News, VA) - January 15, 2008
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I am so very sorry to hear that we have lost Melba. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. Her spirit will remain a very special one in my mind and heart. She will be greatly missed.
Angie Ray Smith (Hampton, VA) - January 15, 2008
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So sorry for your loss. Melba was such a special lady to us all.
Cindy Nayadley (Hampton, VA) - January 16, 2008
I remember Melba back when my mother Darlene, stepfather Billy Byrum, and Melba would take me to their square dancing get-togethers. Melba was one of a kind. To all the family my deepest sympathy, and everyone will be in my prayers.
Kevin Allen (Smithfield, VA) - January 16, 2008
Our prayers are with you. We just found out today (1/17).
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Pam STANCILL (Richmond, VA) - January 17, 2008
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Melba was a great lady in NNHS. A little shy 'til she knew you, but real sweet as you grew to know you. She is now in God's Hands as Jesus watches over her. Loved you, Fuzzy Turner (63)
Louis Turner (Marion, NC) - January 17, 2008
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I am so sorry to hear of Melba's passing. She was a kind person and never had a bad word to say about anyone in high school. She was a dear friend and will be missed.
Brenda Davis English (Westwood, KS) - January 18, 2008 
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Melba was a step-grandmother to me and my brother and sister. I didn't really know much of her and I really never spent time or anything with her but she was still family. She was a person that meant much to Jimmy and to everyone else in Newport News, but she was too young to die. Best of wishes for anyone who knew her long enough to be touched a lot.
Sam Burk (Newport News, VA) - January 18, 2008 
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Melba...she was my neighbor and my friend at N.N.H.S. and she was one of the sweetest people I think I ever knew....may it bring her family comfort to know that so many people were touched by Melba. She will be missed. Love and prayers, Rosalee Wills Jecmenek
Rosalee Jecmenek (Houston, TX) - January 18, 2008  
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  Our deepest condolences are extended to Melba's entire family and her friends at this difficult time.

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  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/08:

Hello Carol,
I just read Melba Deas Graveley's death announcement.  Melba and I were friends in high school, we doubled dated, went to the same church and were engaged at the same time.  She broke up with her fellow and I broke up with my fellow and then I landed up dating and marrying her fellow.  What a shock!  I'm wondering if anyone knows any more details about her death, if so could you please let me know.  It must be very hard for you  to make these memorial pages, especially when you knew and were close to these people.  Thank you for all you do!

 Joyce Cahoon

   Thank you so much, Joyce.  It's true; the Memorial Editions nearly always exact an emotional toll from me.  The ones I prepare for close friends obviously take a great deal more, but I still feel they are one of the most important contributions I make in life, and it is a deep honor for me to be able to create them. 

   I didn't know Melba anywhere near as well as you did, but I saw her again at the 40-Year Reunion for the Class of 1964, and was struck by how well and vibrant she looked.  My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
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Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

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