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Leslie B. Graves, 65, of Columbia, MO, formerly of Paducah, Kentucky died Friday, March 28, 2014 at Landmark Hospital following a 25 year battle with breast cancer. A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday April 4, 2014 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson Street, Columbia, MO 65203. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A second Memorial Service will be held Monday April 7, 2014 at Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway St., Paducah, KY 42001. Leslie was born in Paducah, Ky. on February 6, 1949, was a 1967 graduate of St Mary’s High School and graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis with a lifetime teaching certificate. Leslie taught Acting, Drama, and Speech. She had a wonderful spirit which touched many lives and is remembered for her grand smile, her gracious style and deep appreciation and love for beauty and music.
Leslie is survived by her husband of 37 years, John Graves and son John Hunter Graves of Columbia, MO as well as her sisters Maggie Bryan of Vancouver, B.C. and Pat Bryan of Paducah, KY.
Star Ryan says
I love you aunt leslie. Thank you for touching my life is such a positive way. It hurts to no longer have you here but I think of you dancing in heaven in a new body andin this brings me joy! we will forever remember you and you will leave a beautiful legacy to the next generation!
Sharen Spear says
My dear friend, Leslie suffered so much. In the midst of her suffering she ministered and kept smiling! I will forever cherish the friendship I was able to have with her! Praise be to our loving Savior for the promise of heaven and of spending eternity forever together. May God comfort you, John and Hunter, in your loss. I’m counting on it being short time until we join our Loving Father and our precious loved ones in heaven for all eternity!
Carolyn Junkin says
Leslie was a dear friend who always made me laugh. Her joy of life, knowing every moment was precious, gave her a different perspective. She was fun and smart and full of energy. I will miss her.
We all will.
Sue Moore says
What a wonderful woman and friend. She could always make me laugh. She was the God Mother to our children and I will miss her dearly. I know that she is now pain free and watching over us. I love you!!!!!
Susan (Woodward) Brown says
I have been truly blessed with such a dear friend. Leslie and I have shared laughter and tears. She has given me much more that just friendship. I loved her like a sister and I will have many, many memories of our times we had together. Hunter and John, I love you both. May God comfort you both.
Sherry Dotson says
I loved Leslie . I am so thankful for the love and friendship she showed me throughout the years. She was so talented and shared her wonderful love to everyone! I will miss her dearly. My prayers for John and Hunter, her siblings and nieces and nephews…she always made a difference!
Rhonda Ewell says
To my dear friends John and Hunter. Even though we are miles apart Kimball & I send our love and thoughts along with our prayers for you. I am thankful that Leslie is no longer in pain. Sincerely,
Pamela Berryhill says
I’m so glad that our sons were childhood friends and continue to support each other as grown young men. My son Kyle has wonderful memories of spending time in the Graves’ home and we, too, enjoyed having Hunter in our home. Because of our sons’ connection, I learned that Leslie was kind, patient, loving, creative, and so gracious. Peace be with you, John, and Hunter.
Don Woodward says
Leslie was more than just a friend. She was a mentor and shared love, knowledge and laughter to all. She made the best of every situation and was always available for an uplifting chat. I will truly miss her and will never forget her. May she rest in peace.
Jordan Nichols (Pugh ) says
So very, very sorry to hear this!!! However, I hope the family can take comfort in knowing that she will no longer be in pain!! I will miss that loving smile of hers and seeing the way her eyes would sparkle when surrounded by the ones she loved… I will be praying g for the family… may you find peace and comfort!!! I loved her and knoe that she will be greatly missed by all who knew her….
Carolyn Graves Parke says
I can’t envision her gone–What more can I say.
Ken Turner and Stephanie Ireland says
We are so very sorry to hear Leslie’s no longer here in body, although she will never truly be gone as long as she lives in our hearts and memories. Peace be with you, John.
Jess, RN says
John and Hunter – I’m so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady. It was such a pleasure caring for your mother and getting to know you all during your stay at Landmark Hospital. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time but hope you will find comfort in that Leslie is no longer suffering and is healthy again in her new world. God Bless – Jess
David 'Herb' Estes says
Dear John, John Hunter and All Of Leslie’s Family and Friends,
I am deeply grieved by the sad word I received today that my dear friend Leslie, ‘Lester’, has passed away. I Know that your hearts are sorely grieved, and I hasten to send to you sincere word of assurance of my heartfelt sympathy. May every consolation and blessing be granted to each of you in your deep sorrow.
With warm regards,
David ‘Herb’ Estes