Anna May Graves, 85, of West Lawn and formerly of
Boiling Springs, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 in the St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading. She
was born on January 9, 1931 in Carlisle, and was a daughter of the late John Thomas Staruh and Marguerite (Farabelli) Staruh
Campbell. She was the widow of Frederick O. Graves, III, who died Nov. 24, 2007.
May attended Carlisle High School. In 1949, Anna May was selected as Miss Carlisle Fair and Miss Carlisle
Shoe. She had worked for the former Carlisle Shoe Co., Allenberry Inn & Playhouse and began her own
Mary Kay business at the age of 50 which she continued into her 85th year. She was a faithful
member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle where she was a former Sunday School secretary. Anna
May assisted the Boiling Springs Civic Association with the Children’s Lake Project. She enjoyed
many things in life including; entertaining, dance, old movies and Italian and Gospel music. Anna May assisted
her late husband in his wedding photography business by doing the bridal parties makeup. Also, she and
her late husband were selected for a senior television commercial.
survived by two daughters; Linda S. Dyaraman of Carlisle and Judith A. Hess of West Lawn, one sister, Mary Ann Bryner of Elizabethtown,
five grandchildren; Adrienne R. Bohn, Gabrielle E. Warner, Jonathan N. Hess, Melina A. Hess and Aaron L. Dyaraman, two great-granddaughters;
Katie E. Warner and Mia Hess. She was predeceased by one brother, John Thomas Staruh, two half-brothers;
Eugene Campbell and Frankie Campbell and one half-sister, Cathy Shearer.
A visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 followed by the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. in the Ewing
Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St, Carlisle. Rev. Harry L. Knisely and Chaplain Brydie Harris officiating.
Burial will be in LeTort Cemetery, Middlesex Twp. with a reception to follow in the parish hall at St. John’s
Episcopal Church, Carlisle.
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dear friend, you will be greatly missed, I cared for you just like my own mother when she returned to my brothers home in
FL. I will remember all our lunches together and shopping trips. We had such fun. I loved and will miss you.
I am so sorry to hear of Anna May's passing. She was always so sweet to me when I lived
in Boiling Springs and when we shared our Mary Kay activities. My prayers are with her and the family.
I knew your mother as a dear friend, my Mary Kay lady and thru the Boiling
Springs Civic Association. I'll miss her hugs and wonderful smiles.
Anna Mae was truly special - so kind and loving. She was a treasure. Many of
us will miss her sweet ways. (Rest in peace, Anna Mae)
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