Patricia
Graves, Patricia Age 74, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital after a sudden serious illness. Born in Lynden, WA and a graduate of Washington High School, Western Washington College and received a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Pat was a teacher for forty years teaching at U.S. Airforce bases in Newfoundland, Germany , France, England and Japan. Also taught in Palos Verdes and finishing her career in Lawndale teaching intermediate school. Pat has been active at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in the Resurrection Choir, Bereavement committee and the Stephen Ministry. Pat was a docent at the Western Museum of Flight, Southern California Historical Aviation Society. She is survived by sister, Margaret (Stephen) Smith of Palos Verdes Estates; four nieces: Susan Canning, Sara Kutler, Anne Yee, Julia Carroll; one nephew: Stephen Smith Jr.; and fifteen loving grand nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 7PM at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Redondo Beach with reception to follow.

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  1. Miss Graves was my 8th grade teacher at Jane Addams. Many successful people came out of our class. I am saddened by her passing and pray for her & her family. She looks exactly as I remember her. She had much to do with my love for school. -in friendship, Linda

  2. Miss Graves was my 8th grade teacher at Jane Addams. Many successful people came out of our class. I am saddened by her passing and pray for her & her family. She looks exactly as I remember her. She had much to do with my love for school. I never knew we had the same birthday -in friendship, Linda

  3. It seems that it wasnt so long ago that I was sitting in Miss Graves 8th grade History class at Jane Addams but actually it was 22 years ago. She was a firm but fair teacher and I thank her for all the time she put into my education. I have never forgotten her and never will. Sending prayers and condolences Dolores

  4. Miss Graves was one of my junior high teachers back in the late 60\’s at Jane Addams in Lawndale. She was a great teacher a bit firm but always fair, she always made time to listen. She always remembered your name once you were one of her students.I saw her at a school board members funeral a few years back, she still looked the same after all these years. My sympathy to all of her family- Elisa

  5. Pat was my 6th grade teacher at and was one of the most caring individuals I have had the pleasure to meet. She deeply touched all of her students. When my daughter was born (15 yearslater) she came to visit us and brought me a cross-stitch wall hanging that hung in my daughter\’s room for many years. She will be missed by all of those that were honored to be part of her life.

  6. Miss Graves was also one of my Junior High School Teacher\’s along with Elisa Ramirez-Mahan. I\’ve never forgotton about Ms. Graves and often wondered where she was at and what she was going with her life. She was a great teacher and if you can remember a teacher from that far back in time she must of left a imprint on our lives. My prayers go out to her family.

  7. It was 8th grade at Jane Adams elementry in Lawndale and we had our first long story to write. Ms. Graves had a way of bringing us all to attention. As she guided us to write what would be the longest story any of us had ever written she explained how to make it exciting. She pushed our imaginations, she told us to make it into a movie…and she would read each one out loud in class. Yes, all of them. We were brilliant that year, all wonderful writers, mystery, humor and suspense eased from all of our pencils. I\’ve never forgotten, I\’ve moved on from there into a life which required imagination and creativity…Ms. Graves seemed to find that in each of us. I remember her fondly and with affection. Sonia

  8. Miss Graves was a teacher at Jane Adams Intermediate where I attended in the late \’60\’s. She was hardworking and known by all. I will miss you, Miss Graves.

  9. I am so sorry to hear that Miss Graves has passed. I was a student of hers at Jane Addams many years ago, and she was one of my favorite and most inspiring teachers. She also recognized that I was a troubled child and did her best to make me feel special, and encouraged! I loved her for her extra special efforts and will never forget her for it. The teaching community has suffered a great loss. With all respect and thanks to Miss Graves, you will be missed. Linda (Haring) Nolan

  10. Miss Graves was also my teacher at Jane Adams Middle School about 30 years ago. There was a poetry assignment and was I amazed when she said that songs were poetry. I glued myself to the radio until I got all the words to the early 1970\’s song. She loved it. How clever… Thank you Miss Graves.

  11. My deepest condolences on the loss of this lovely woman. I was an 8th grade student in 77/78 of Miss Graves at Jane Adams and she had one of the most profound effects on my education. An avid reader, I read Margaret Mitchell\’s “Gone With The Wind”, a book of my own chosing while in her class. Upon completion of the novel, Miss Graves made an example of what a fine literary selection I had made and what a large piece of work it was. I sat in silent reverence of her words as she spoke in front of the class that day. Her words of encouragement instilled a level of pride in me that I had never experienced and reinforced a drive in me that anything is possible if you work hard. Here\’s to teachers that Rock! Thanks Miss G!

  12. My deepest condolences on the loss of this lovely woman. I was an 8th grade student in 77/78 of Miss Graves at Jane Adams and she had one of the most profound effects on my education. An avid reader, I read Margaret Mitchell\’s “Gone With The Wind”, a book of my own chosing while in her class. Upon completion of the novel, Miss Graves made an example of what a fine literary selection I had made and what a large piece of work it was. I sat in silent reverence of her words as she spoke in front of the class that day. Her words of encouragement instilled a level of pride in me that I had never experienced and reinforced a drive in me that anything is possible if you work hard. Here\’s to teachers that Rock! Thanks Miss G!

  13. I grew up in wonderful Lawndale, California. My fondest memories of school are of Miss Graves. Not only was she a mentor to me, but she inspired my younger sisters and my aunt. We still talk about her fondly to this day,(30 years later). Besides being an inspiration, she was such a kind and caring person. She will be missed. My condolences to her family, friends and students – whom she has left such a positive impression on. Kristy Hale-White

  14. Ms. Graves was one of the BEST teachers a student could of ever had! I was a student with very low self esteem. She knew that and worked with me to show me how to believe in myself and taught me that I was capable of accomplishments that I felt I could never do in school. She had a special gift that not many teachers have and I\’m truely blessed to have been her student. Thank you Ms. Graves from my heart.

  15. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Ms. Graves was my 8th grade teacher in Lawndale, California. She was truly a great teacher. I recall her spending time teaching me how to play chess during her lunch hour. She was very generous with her time.

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