Valerie Olivia Rowe Graves, age 71, of Little River, Texas, passed away on June 23, 2020, in Temple, Texas. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Valley Mills First Baptist Church with Pastor Don Johnson officiating under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Interment will be at Prairie Valley Cemetery near Whitney, TX. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. State mandated social distancing will be practiced at this event and mask are preferred.
Valarie was born on March 26, 1949, to Vernon Odell and Dorothy Lucyelle (Powell) Rowe. Lived in Fairview Community near Laguna Park at Lake Whitney and attended Clifton School until 5th grade. She was a 1967 graduate of Valley Mills High School were she was (Cheerleader 4 years, Basketball 4 years, Volley Ball, “Most Beautiful”, “Most Popular” Fall Festival Queen, Homecoming Queen Nominee).
Valarie was married to Jimmy Wayne Graves on May 19, 1967, in Valley Mills, Texas. Attended Prairie Valley Missionary Baptist Church. After a brief residence in Kansas, she and her husband, who worked for Santa Fe Rail Road, lived in Little River, outside Temple, Texas. She worked in the lab environment of the medical field, employed almost 45 years at the Olin E Teague Veterans Administration, Temple, Texas. She was also coordinator of VA programs and a guest presenter and instructor at Temple College, Temple, Texas. Attended Little River Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Francis Veronica Rowe, and Johnny Shadrick (Ricky) Rowe.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Graves; children, Kelli Elaine Leatherwood, Karli Veronica Davis; grandchildren: Jordan Paul Velasquez, Kaitlyn Veronica Davis; great grandchild: Jackson Paul Velasquez; many nieces, nephews and cousins; siblings: Vernon Odell Rowe II, Debra Lynnette Rowe, Evelyn Grace Moore, and Rhonda Lassiter.
Memorial video is online. Also you may sign the online register book at www.fossfuneralhome. com where you may include favorite memories of her.