Marilyn Joan (LaHue) Graves was born to Floyd and Helen LaHue at Langdon, Missouri, on October 15, 1930. Her grade school years were spent at Benton Center School, Langdon School, and Rock Port School. She graduated from Rock Port High School, Rock Port, Missouri, in 1947 and then attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri, for two years. She taught fifth through eighth grade at Irish Grove School for one year.

On July 29, 1949, she was married to Donald Richard Graves at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Langdon. After her marriage she taught at Milton School for one year, and Corning School for one year. After her husband, Donald, was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952, she lived for a time in California and North Carolina to be with Donald during his military training. Their son, Thomas Paul, was born in August of 1952 in the Fairfax Hospital, just before his father was deployed to Korea. Marilyn and Tom lived in Corning, Missouri, while Donald was overseas. After Donald’s discharge in January, 1954, they moved to a farm southwest of Rock Port, where they raised their two sons, Thomas Paul and Philip Alan.

After Donald’s death in 1989, Marilyn remained on the farm. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, and was a Sunday School teacher and choir director there. She enjoyed several years as a member of the Atchison County Fair Board, and especially enjoyed working with young people of her community.

Marilyn passed away Friday, March 6, 2020, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Boneta, Puerto Rico. She is survived by her sons, Thomas Paul and Janet Graves, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Philip Alan and Charla Graves, Fairfax; brother, William C. LaHue and Julie, Lexington, Missouri; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Rachel Graves, Malcolm and Harrison, Brett and Andrea Graves, Alexander and Brenna, Dustin and Nadya Graves, Theo, Bethany and Austin Lee, Parker and Hudson, Michael and Melissa Graves, and Maxon and Millie; numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 11, 2020, at the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, officiated by Rev. Fritz Brandenburg. Interment was at Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Atchison County Fair Board.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.