Mary Lou Graves

November 21, 1929 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 91)


A memorial service celebrating the life of Mary Louise Mulloy Graves will be held at 11am on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Mimi McDowell. Visitation will be held from 10am to 11am at the church prior to the service. A family graveside service will follow.

Mary Lou peacefully passed away on May 19, 2021, at St Joseph’s Hospice Carpenter Home. She was born on October 21, 1929, in Humphrey, Arkansas, one of five children, to Ed and Lulu Mulloy. In 1952, Mary Lou married the “most handsome” love of her life, Jim Graves. Together they had 2 long-awaited children Ann and Jimmy. She was a devoted housewife for years then later in life Mary Lou became a Real Estate agent and Property Manager working for Monarch Realty and Holloway Watkins Realty.


Being with her family was the most important thing to her. She also loved playing bridge, riding in the golf cart with Jim, baking for her friends and family and singing. She was a member of the Chancel Choir at Noel United Methodist Church and the Couples Sunday School Class for 60 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Leonard and husband Mike; son Jimmy Graves and wife Leanne; and her cherished granddaughters, Melissa O’Banion and husband Casey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Amanda Martin and husband Drew of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Annah Lanham and husband Nathan of Dallas, Texas. Also surviving her are great-grandchildren Flannery and Henry O’Banion; Emersyn, Ellyot and W.D. Martin; and Parker Lanham.
The family would like to thank her special nurses and caregivers at The Glen, Christus Highland, and St Joseph’s Hospice.
Honoring Mary Lou as pallbearers are Mike Leonard, Drew Martin, Casey O’Banion, Gordon Lee, Grady Wilson and Mark Leonard.

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