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Funeral services for Mae Graves Johnson, 87 year old Kaycee woman who passed away early Monday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home in Buffalo with Pastor Mark Largent officiating. Visitation will be held from the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Kaycee Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. There will be a reception following the graveside at the Country Inn in Kaycee. Donations in Mae’s memory may be made to the Hole-in-the-Wall Women’s Club in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Ellen Mae Graves Johnson was born on April 11, 1925 in Buffalo, Wyoming to John and Mildred McKenna. She grew up and went to school in Kaycee and graduated from Kaycee High School. She was married on January 20, 1943 in Billings to Norris Graves and they made their home in Barnum where she drove the Barnum School Bus for many years. In the Fall of 1970 she moved to Casper where she worked for 5 years at Dean Morgan Junior High as a cook and was later a hostess at the Ramada Inn. She eventually took a job with Centennial Junior High where she also worked in the kitchen. She retired in 1994 and married on August 14th 1995 to Junior E. Johnson and they made their home in Casper. Mr. Johnson passed away in 2004 and Mae moved into the Beehive in Buffalo. She became a resident of the Amie Holt Nursing Home in 2008 where she lived until the time of her death.
She was a long time member of the Hole-in-the-Wall Women’s Club; she was a 4-H leader for many years. She was an avid seamstress , enjoyed dancing and loved to travel. Her travels took her around the United States, Alaska and Jerusalem.
Mae is survived by two sons, Ken Graves and his wife Cheri of Barnum and Lee Graves and his wife Liz of Sussex; two daughters, Joyce Reculusa and her husband Joe of Sussex and Bonnie Smith and her husband Larry of Mayoworth; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two cousins Beverly Firnekas of Ten Sleep, Wyo. and Eula Iverson of New Rockford, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother Glen McKenna and one grandson Deke Latham.