Life Story / Obituary
Carol Mae (Aws) Graves
Died June 27, 2015
Carol Mae Aws was born Oct 23, 1922 in Madison Minnesota to parents Manford O and Anne (Graven) Aws.
Carol enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1943, making her one of the first women ever to serve on active duty in an American military service. She met and married Grady Etheredge Graves in 1945 while they were both stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland. They moved to Michigan when Grady joined Ford Motor Company. Grady preceded her in death in 1973.
Carol received her degree from the University of Minnesota and remained active in the Minnesota Women’s Club all her life. She was also active in Lutheran church affairs, often as a representative to state and national conferences.
Carol loved her country and displayed the flag proudly. She and Grady were both very active in the local VFW and American Legion. Carol received commendation for her decades of loyal assistance at precinct voting locations in Birmingham, Michigan.
Carol is survived by her brother Robert Aws of Shoreview, Minnesota, her daughters Patricia Moss of Salem, Oregon and Debra Farron of Traverse City, Michigan, as well as granddaughters Janel Farron and Kathryn Moss, grandsons Kevin and Andrew Farron, great-grandson August Pityo and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Carol’s life on October 23rd at 11am at the Mausoleum at Roseland Cemetery in Berkley, MI. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrance contributions to the Birmingham Next (formerly the Birmingham Area Seniors Coordinating Council), 2121 Midvale St, Birmingham, MI 48009. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share a message. Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, Michigan.