On October 19, 2017, Patricia JoAnn Murphy passed away at her home in Fairfax, Missouri. JoAnn had recently returned to Atchison County from Aurora, Missouri, her home of 27 years.
JoAnn was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 21, 1933, to Edgar James and Della Irene Hatten. JoAnn’s biological father died when she was a child. Irene later married Bud Newman. Bud was a tow boat pilot on the Missouri River. Due to her father’s profession, she attended many different schools, finally graduating from Craig High School in 1951. Upon graduation she attended Gard’s Business School in St. Joseph, Missouri, for one year. In February of 1952, she married Henry Junior Graves “Hank”. From this union were born five children, Jack LeRoy (deceased), Marcia Lynn, Teresa Jo, William Henry “Bill” and Robert Erman “Bob”. All were raised on the family farm.
In March 1990, JoAnn married Lesley O. Murphy, and soon after they moved to the Mount Vernon, Missouri, area to manage the 4 Bar F Cattle Ranch. JoAnn was an avid horsewoman and loved the outdoors and farm life. Upon leaving the ranch, she worked at the Senior Citizens Center in Mt. Vernon where she became well known for her homemade dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. In 2013, she retired to care for her mother.
JoAnn was a jack-of-all-trades. She was a farm wife, a rancher, a food service manager for Exit 99 in Corning, a cook at the Mound City Nutrition Site, and food service manager for the Senior Citizens Center in Mount Vernon. She also partnered with her friend Jo Haer to manage the Chuck Wagon for auctioneers Abie Showalter and Pat Maher.
JoAnn’s hobbies included dancing, horseback riding, bowling, boating, and vegetable and flower gardening. She was an avid photographer and set up her own dark room. She submitted photos of athletic events for the Fairfax Forum and illustrated Doug Butler’s Farrier’s Instruction Book. JoAnn also loved collecting and shopping for primitives. She became an avid reader in her retirement years.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Hecker; father, Edgar Hatten; stepfather, Bud Newman; son, Jack Graves; and father of her children, Hank Graves. She is survived by her children, Marcia (Stephen) Showalter, Terry (George) Young, Bill (Shirley) Graves, and Bob; daughter-in-Law, Kay Graves; step-children, Mike (Krista) and James Murphy; grandchildren, Jon (Beth), Jarod (Courtney), Jayne (Tim) McFarland, Brent and Seth Showalter, Tyler (Laura), Trey, Mallory Fisher, and Calvin and Casey, Levi and Wyatt Graves; and great-grandchildren, Jaycee, Jesse, and Braden Graves, Maverick, Kal and Maelea McFarland, Ryker Parks and Mikey Fisher.
Memorials will be given to the Fairfax and South Holt High School Bands where her great-grandchildren attend school. The family received friends Sunday, October 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Christian Church in Fairfax. Celebration of Life, with a luncheon, was held Monday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. at River of Hope Fellowship. Interment was held in the Milton Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri. Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax/Craig.