Jane Graves

Jane Graves died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family on Dec. 30, 2018 at her home in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald E. Graves; her mother and father; three brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by daughter, Rhonda and her husband, John Kiesling; son, Robert and his wife, Denise; daughter, Terri and her husband, Curt McMillan; and son, Scott and his wife, Liza. She considered her sons and daughters-in-law as her own children and the running joke was that if her children ever divorced, she would take their spouses over them.

She treasured her grandchildren, Kristina Cameron (Scott), Parker Kiesling, Whitney Patton (Ryan), Cody Graves, Colton McMillan, Maxine McMillan, Elliott Graves (Rochelle), Rachel Larson (JJ) and Jenny Graves. She was enamored with her three great grandchildren, Payton, Elijah, and Ella, and had one more on the way.

She worked most of her life with jobs ranging from a fitter at a glove factory to the cannery at Hunt’s food in Illinois to upholstery and outfitting campers for EZ Camper in California. Her final area of expertise was as a supervisor for air conditioning motor rewinding shops in Arizona and Texas.

She was born Feb. 14th in DeSoto Township, Ill. and married Ronald Graves in 1953. They moved around the country and finally settled in Arizona in 1967. After moving to Texas in 1979 they lived in West Tawakoni until 2000 and then moved to Whetstone, Ariz. She lived in San Tan Valley the final two years of her life. She loved sewing, embroidering and crocheting and was quite talented making baby blankets, tablecloths, beaded purses and her family always looked forward to her annual homemade Christmas ornaments. She also enjoyed camping, cooking and traveling. She could be scandalous, witty, and irreverent. She was also incredibly kind and caring to everyone she met and many times the children had a difficult time making her put herself first. She loved her animals, and did they ever love her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She requested no memorial but requested any contributions be made to your local animal humane society.