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ETNA—Delana F. Graves, 92, died peacefully June 16, 2011 at her home. She was born August 23, 1918 in Lowell, MA, a daughter of Harold and Annie (Drake) Jenne. She moved to Maine when she was 5 years old.

She was married to Herbert Graves, Sr. for 67 years. He predeceased her in 2005. She was a devoted mother to her 12 children. Her whole life was her family. She enjoyed camping, going to hunting camp for Thanksgiving Dinners and many nights of going to Bingo. In the last few years, she enjoyed reading her large print books.

She is survived by 9 of her children, 3 sons, Ronald Graves of Detroit, Michael Graves of Newport and Allen and wife Respah Graves of Etna; 6 daughters, Ruth and husband Jerry Appleby of Florida, Sandra and husband Bruce Harris, Marilyn Smith all of Dixmont, Wanda Smith of Hampden, Elizabeth and husband Marvin Lane, and Marsha and husband Scott McConnell all of Etna; 25 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren. One special grandson and wife and 3 great grandchildren, Vincent, Tera, Kristin, Megan and Alison Murphy lived with her and took good care of her for over 5 years so she could stay in her own home. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Marguerite and Dorothy; sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by 2 sons, Herbert Graves, Jr. and Calvin Graves, Sr.; a daughter, Wilma; a brother, Harold; and a sister, Mary.

Funeral services will be held 2 P.M. Tuesday, June 21st at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport with the Rev. Ken Graves officiating. Friends may call from noon until time of services. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

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