July 23, 1927 ~ May 10, 2010
Anne Williams Graves Born in New Haven, CT on Jul. 23, 1927 Departed on May 10, 2010 and resided in Tuckahoe, NY. Anne Williams Graves, 82, passed away Monday morning, May 10, 2010 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY after courageously fighting illness. She was an avid reader and a spirited daily walker, whose tireless and all-weather appearances made her a neighborhood legend. Deeply loved and missed, Anne offered perception, understanding and unconditional acceptance to family and friends. Most recently of Tuckahoe, NY, she was formerly of Lynchburg, VA, Auburndale, MA, and New Haven, CT. Born on July 23, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, Anne was the youngest daughter of the late Marshall Henry and Henrietta Williams (English). She graduated from The Foote School in New Haven, was a proud member of the Class of 1944 at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and continued her education at Vassar College. Anne spent many happy summers at Indian Neck in Branford, CT, Camp Wyonegonic in Denmark, ME, and at her family home in Watch Hill, RI. She was an intelligent and loyal administrative assistant, and in retirement she volunteered her skills at the American Red Cross, the Lynchburg Depressive Disorders Association, with elementary school children, and as a founding member of the OCD Foundation. Throughout her life, Anne touched people with her kindness, honesty, and dignity. Anne was the adoring mother of three children and their spouses: Thomas Ashley Graves, III, and his wife Elizabeth Wofsey Graves; Stephen Dana Graves and his wife Linda Dockey Graves; and Mary English Graves Vonnegut and her husband Norbert J. Vonnegut. Anne was the loving grandmother of four grandchildren: Jeremiah Theodore Graves, Marshall Benjamin Graves, Wynn Howland Vonnegut, and Dana Senderling Vonnegut; and two step-grandchildren: Julia Frances Kleinman and Alexander Scott Kleinman. Anne is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A brother, Dr. Marshall Henry Williams, Jr., and a sister, Margaret Williams Casanova, predeceased her. A Memorial Service in celebration of Anne's life will be held on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. in the Engish family plot at the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, CT.