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Imogene Graves

March 25, 1928 — December 4, 2020

Imogene Graves, 92, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Manor Court of Carbondale.

Imogene was born on the family farm in Williamson County on March 25, 1928, the daughter of Roy and Helen (Chase) Roper. She married Charles C. Graves on July 17, 1946 in Morganfield, Kentucky. Together, they shared 72 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2018.

Mrs. Graves was a longtime member of Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard, where she served devotedly as the church custodian for many years. She was an avid shopper, and could be found sporting her green, velour tracksuit on many black Friday shopping excursions. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. Imogene cherished the travels with her husband to the Smokey Mountains, the Grand Ole Opry, and Branson, Missouri. She treasured her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, supporting and following them in all their activities and sporting events. More than anything, Imogene was devoted to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother that will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her;

Daughter – Shirley (William “Butch”) Butler of Crab Orchard

Daughter – Gayla (Keith) Johns of Marion


Vicki (Robert) Odum of Anna

Michael Butler of Crab Orchard

Justin Johns of Schaumburg

Jamie (Ben) Ragan of Carterville

Great Grandchildren;

Zachary and Andrew Odum

Ginna, Gracie and Taylor Ragan

Sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Velma (Mel) Lynn of Marion

Brother-in-law- Charlie Brown of Carbondale

Several nieces and nephews

Preceded by her Parents, Husband, and one sister- Colleen Brown.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Villas of Hollybrook for all their care and compassion shown to Imogene during her stay there. It is truly appreciated.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Cutsinger officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Center Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required per the family’s request.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Starts at 1:00 pm

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

800 North Market Street, Marion, IL 62959

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