Margaret Ann (Bebermeyer) Graves was born on August 17, 1943 in Harper Kansas to Vernon and Reba (Fallon) Bebermeyer. She grew up on the family farm south of Harper with one sister. Growing up she was a member of the local 4H, spent a lot of time on a tractor with her father, and achieved perfect attendance in Sunday School at Harper United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
In the spring of 1960 Margaret was united in marriage with Cecil Graves. This union was blessed with two children: Pamela Ann and Brian Lewis.
She attended cosmetology school shortly after the birth of her daughter in Wichita and later moved to Great Bend, KS and lived there for ten years where her husband worked on the oil fields, and she worked in the office for Bailey’s. Their life in Great Bend was difficult, but as a parent she ensured that their children always had a good Christmas, and that they went on a good family vacation.
In 1972, they returned to Harper. Margaret worked for 8 years at the CO-OP, and they opened the Mobile West Mobile Home and RV Park, where she could be found visiting with the many traveling residents and keeping the grass nicely trimmed with her red snapper lawn mower. At the age of 41, Margaret’s husband passed away in a tragic accident. Undeterred, she continued to run and maintain the family business. During this time, Margaret and her mother drew even closer together and supported and encouraged one another until Reba’s passing.
In her later life, Margaret moved to a home on Anthony Lake, where she loved the setting and scenery. Her family would come and join her, and shared memorable moments as a family, and watching fireworks on the 4th of July. The last couple years of her life, Margaret lived with her daughter Pam.
Margaret was known for her many loves. She loved animals, and had many cats. She loved people; had a heart of gold, and could often be found helping people in need. She loved meeting new people, and people loved her in return. She made relationships that were lifelong from her youth and her time in Great Bend. She loved to laugh, and had a steady sense of humor that endured even as circumstances made life difficult at times. Margaret loved her family. She was known as someone who could always be talked to, and as a mother, it was hard to imagine one better.
Margaret remained young at heart, her time filled with personal pursuits, hobbies such as jigsaw puzzles, reading, and many trips to the casino with friends.
Margaret Ann Graves passed away on February 1, 2019 at the Harper Hospital surrounded by her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cecil, and her son Brian Graves. She is survived by her daughter Pam Moritz and her husband Martin, her sister, Carol Bassford, sister-in-law Peggy Bledsoe, 5 grandchildren, Brett Graves; Bethany Graves and Logan; Mackenzie Graves; Caleb Moritz and his wife Kasha; Jordan Moritz and Allie ; and 4 great grandchildren, Jesse and Carson Moritz, and Sophia and Leah Kurz; and a host of other family and friends.
A graveside committal service will be announced for spring of 2019.
Memorials in memory of Margaret may be made to the Kansas Humane Society or the Harper United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 is assisting the family with the arrangements.