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Jakes Funeral Home
by Published on June 6, 2021


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain


Carolyn E. Graves, age 101, passed away on May 31, 2021. She was born on January 1st, 1920 in Carrollton, MO, to Charles & Barbara (Scott) Howard and was one of 11 children. Carolyn married Casey Graves on October 6, 1945, in Kansas City. She worked for many years in the credit departments at Montgomery Wards & Sears.  At the age of 50, she retired as the secretary to the credit manager at Sears. 

Carolyn and Casey loved to travel and made it to all 50 states and several countries.  They also were active ballroom dancers and did so up until their mid-80’s when Casey started his journey with cancer.  She loved her family and friends near and far and was very good at keeping in touch and informing them of any upcoming special dates or events. 

She was very involved in the Eastminster Presbyterian church for 50 years. She later joined St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Independence, MO. She was part of the St. Luke's Church Busy Fingers group that sewed comforting stuffed animal pillows for the young patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Casey; parents, 9 siblings & 1 grandson, Nick Graves. 

Survivors include her children: Skip & Twila Graves, Gary Graves, & CJ Johnson & Daryl Eck; grandchildren: Jason & Stacey Bellen, Jeremy Augen, Kristen & Tyrel Deyes, Chris & Rosie Lochmeyer, Angie & Brandon Roye, Brandon & Amy Lochmeyer; great-grandchildren: Brittany Bellen, Tanner Bellen, Xander Bellen, Brooke Deyes, Chase Deyes, Payton Royel, Caydon Royel, Ashton Roye; and all of her many nieces and nephews that she so deeply cherished. 

The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2021, at Park Lawn Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Saturday. 


"Daily dance uplifts the soul to spiritual realms."

-Lailah Gifty Akita


Top places she wanted to visit in her life.

  • South Island, New Zealand (check)
  • Paris (check)
  • Bora Bora  :(
  • Maui (check)
  • Tahiti (check)
  • London (check)
  • Rome (check)
  • Phuket  :(


Here are a few images of her travels that started with a trip to the Grand Canyon when she was young.




Although she could not travel anymore, she found other ways to relive her younger days...



Service provided by Jake's Funeral Home.

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I will miss her so much. I love hearing about all the places she went.
June 7, 2021
Miss you so much Grandma XXOOXXOO
June 7, 2021
She made everyone laugh at the retirement home - Dave Jones
June 7, 2021