Barbara Jane <I>Elmore</I> Draves

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Barbara Jane Elmore Draves

  • Birth 14 Jul 1931 Hope, Midland County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 4 Jan 2013 Edenville, Midland County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Edenville, Midland County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 103400499

Barbara Jane Draves, 81, of Edenville, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the MidMichigan Medical Center.

She was born July 14, 1931, in Hope, the daughter of the late Sherman and Emma (Luenberger) Elmore. On Aug. 8, 1949, she married Robert Ray ˜Whitey' Draves Sr. in Midland, at St. Brigid Catholic Church.

Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was employed 27 years as a bus driver with Meridian Public Schools, and still baked until more recently over 35 years for St. Anne's fund-raiser bazaar. Her fondness of cooking and baking was matched by her love of knitting, playing cards, reading, and spending time at the casino.

Barbara is survived by her children, Robert Ray (Stacey) Draves Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Diana Marie (John) Hall of Edenville, Joanne L. (Brian) Blevins, Cheryl L. (Doug) Shattuck, Timothy P. (Terri) Draves, all of Midland, Sandra Kay (Louis) Hand of San Antonio, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Lydia Draves of Edenville; 14 grandchildren, Rayanne, Amber, Brittany, Trenton, Sarah, Angela, Jason, Sheri, Christy, Shelly, Sarah, Russell, Joshua, and Nicholas; 17 great-grandchildren; and her best friend/sister, Betty Christensen of Midland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ray ˜Whitey' Draves Sr. on Dec. 16, 1994; a daughter, Rose; a son, Michael Draves on Feb. 10, 2009; grandsons, Andrew Draves and Justin Infante on July 12, 2009; brothers, Stanley and John Elmore; and sisters, Annabelle Snellenberger and Marylou Waskavich.

The funeral liturgy will be celebrated 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, from St. Annne's Catholic Church in Edenville, with Fr. Christian Tabares officiating. Rite of committal will follow in New Edenville Cemetery. Barbara's family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., today from 6-8 p.m., again on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until time of mass. A vigil for the deceased will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society.
Published in Midland Daily News from January 7 to January 8, 2013

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 103400499
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