Susan L Graves, 70, died Sunday, April 9, 2023, at her home in Wichita. She was born March 16, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents J. Lloyd and Blanche (Brobeil) Spaulding precede her in death. Susan is survived by her husband, Jon; son, William (Sarah) Graves; daughter, Kimberly (Nicholas) Wenger; brothers Timothy and Jay Spaulding, and 5 grandchildren.
Susan grew up in North Newton, Kansas and graduated from Newton High in 1971. While in high school she met Jon Graves and on December 19, 1975 they married, and honeymooned in England during the bicentennial summer of 1976. Susan was a graduate of Bethel College and went on to earn her master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University. Prior to her retirement, she was an educator in the Wichita Public Schools. She had a love of her grandkids, reading, sewing and was often in the kitchen baking goodies to share with her friends and family. She was especially known for hot crossed buns and chocolate chip banana muffins. Susan enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in different activities and could be found on the sidelines giving encouragement or in the front row cheering.
In Lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Mid-America All Indian Museum (a special place where Susan enjoyed volunteering with her family) and left in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 17, 2023, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Donna Voteau presiding. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 16, 2023, at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.