Elise McLaughlin Newman Graves, 84, of 1628 Izaak Walton Road, Hurt died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at her home. She was the wife of Robert Graves for nine years.

She was born March 27, 1935 in Java, a daughter of the late William McLaughlin and Laura Estelle Walker McLaughlin. 

She was a member of Evington United Methodist Church and a retired administrative assistant for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. She took great joy in gardening, serving others and nurturing her family and friends with her delicious homemade biscuits and many other delectable treats. Elise’s soprano voice singing in the choir will long be remembered.

She is survived by a son, Randolph Webb and his friend, Pearline of Rustburg; two daughters, Kathryn W. Jamison and her husband, Greg of Coleman Falls; Jacqueline Laurie Newman and her husband, Hauke Leyk of Queensland, Australia; and one sister, Virginia Adkins and her husband, Charles of Keeling; five grandchildren, Danielle Preston, Stephen Jamison, Cameron Gilliam, Katey G. Greaney and Dabney V. Taylor; three great-grandchildren, India Preston, River Preston and Sage Miller; a son-in-law, Russell Gilliam Jr. of Lynchburg;  and a nephew, William Adkins of Nashville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty W. Gilliam; and one sister, Laura Marie Hile.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Evington United Methodist Church by the Rev. Marci Huntsman with interment following in the church cemetery.

The family received friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

The family suggests those wishing to make memorials consider the Alzheimer’s Association, 355 Rio Road West, Suite 102, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista was in charge of arrangements.

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