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Essie was the last survivingchild of Erastus 'Ras' Adolphus Howell Owen who migrated with his parents from Spring Creek North Carolina to the Speeglevile area of McLennan County in 1866.Their migration was by oxen wagon train and took nine months to complete.
Essie dedicated her life to helping other people.She moved to the city of Waco from Erath, Texas (near China Spring) in 1910 and remained in the house on Proctor Ave. until it was necessary for her to go to the St. Catherine Center in late 1999.In the house on Proctor, she cared for: her mother and father, her husband and her mother-in-law until their deaths.She was a devoted member of Herring Ave. United Methodist Church in Waco.She was active in Sunday School and Women's Clubs and was a charter member having joined the church when it was "built in a day" in 1911.After a long life of service to others, Essie passed away at 11:30 AM on Sunday, June 18, 2000 at the St. Catherine Center.Family members with her at the time of death were: Allynne (Owen) Murphy (neice), Lizzie Owen (neice), Kay Lynne Murphy (grand-neice), Michael Wayne Murphy (grand-nephew) and Cecil N. Murphy (Allynne's husband).Her obituary from the Waco newspaper appears below:
Essie B. Graves, 99, of Waco, passed away June 18, 2000, at an area nursing home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Connally Compton Funeral Directors Chapel with Pastor Darrel Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Graves was born May 8, 1901, to E.H. and Lucy Owen in Erath. She lived in Waco most of her life and was a charter lifetime member of Herring Avenue United Methodist Church. Mrs. Graves was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Graves; and her daughter, Dorothy Riddle.
She is survived by her nieces Lizzie Owen of Waco, Joy Ferguson and her husband Cotton of Sherman, Allynne Murphy and her husband Cecil of Whitney, Elta Hogue and her husband Don of Aledo, Kay Murphy of Waco; nephew, Virgil Owen and his wife Reenee of Dallas; as well as many other family and friends who loved her very much.
Her grand-nephews will serve as pallbearers, Mike Murphy, Larry Murphy, David Murphy, Mark Segrist, David Segrist, Chris Segrist, and Bart Simpson.
Memorials may also be made in Mrs. Graves' name to Herring Avenue United Methodist Church, 1302 Herring, Waco, Texas 76708 or to Hillcrest Community Hospice, 3215 Pine Avenue, Waco, Texas 76708.