She was born May 19, 1918, in rural Edna to John and Jessie (Johnston) Neely. As a young girl, she attended numerous rural schools in the Edna area.
She married Arthur “A.D.” Graves on March 9, 1941, in Independence. Following marriage, they made their family home in rural Bartlett. Through the years, she assisted her husband with their farming and ranching operation and had also worked at Town and Country Dress Shop in Coffeyville for a number of years.
She was a member of Altamont United Methodist Church and had attended Bartlett Christian Church for the last several years. In earlier years, she had been a Sunday school teacher and vacation Bible school teacher, 4-H leader and a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed researching genealogy, quilting and embroidering and making clothes for her children and grandchildren and had made numerous trips with her sisters in later years. Lois especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and hosting family gatherings.
Survivors include a son, Kenny Graves and his wife, Linda, of Bartlett; two daughters, Carol Wilson and her husband, Rodger, of Chetopa and Linda Ardon and her husband, Ramiro, of Dallas; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Burle Neely of Coffeyville; and two sisters, Lila Volz of Muskogee, Okla., and Normalea Ragel of Garden City.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Leta Conley.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett Christian Church. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Bartlett Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.