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“Great job on the obit, just as I remember her, and that picture, perfect, what a great life!! ”
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2 of 5 | Posted by: Sonam - Pema Osel Ling, CA

“Lowie was an amazing, loving and nurturing woman in my life and I loved her like a daughter loves a mother. My memories of Lowie stretch back to...Read More »
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“my precious mom, friend, mentor...... You will always be with us. I have so much gratitude that i am your daughter, birthday girl. we had and will...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Janet Graves - Kilauea, HI

“Miss you so much Mom. Please send me a sign or a dream. I need to hear your voice again. Send me your strength! Love you forever, Leslie ”
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Lois (Lowie) Guilbert Graves, age 88, passed away peacefully of natural causes after struggling with ALS, at the home of Leslie (daughter) and John Hayes in Aptos California in the predawn hours of October 26th 2013. Lowie was born to Harold R. and Frances Marie Guilbert on August 13th 1925 in Woodland CA. Lowie and her elder sister Mary Francis (Mowie) grew up in Davis on the UC Davis campus where their father was Professor of Agriculture/Animal Husbandry and step-mother Dean of Women. Lowie's birth mother Frances Marie passed away when Lowie was a teenager. "Guilbert House" was donated to UC Davis by Lowie and Mowie in memory of the Guilbert Family. Lowie was a lover of nature and nurturing and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1948. She had married W. Clark Graves, also a UC Berkeley graduate in 1946 in Carson City, NV. Lois and Clark raised five children, and saw the birth of 9 grandchildren and many more great grandchildren. As the family grew in the 1950s they moved several times, eventually settling in Malibu. There, Lowie began teaching at St. Aidan's preschool with her cousin and dear friend Adele Carter-Porter. The family flourished in Malibu and made the most of the wonderful natural setting, the canyon, streams and beaches. Lowie instilled a love of nature and reverence for creation in all her children and those she taught in school. Lowie continued her teaching career after moving to Newport Beach in 1973 where she taught home economics and initiated an Early Childhood Education and Day Care program at Harbor High School. Lowie eventually settled in Ketchum, ID in the late 1980s to be near her eldest daughter Lynn, where area educators and activists immediately embraced her. For the next 35+ yrs Lowie remained engaged in charitable and church-related activities while providing a home away from home for many grandchildren who accepted her offer of a home in the mountains as they completed some of their education in local Wood River Valley Schools.
Lowie lived a charmed and very full life, full of love and challenge. She was always quick with a lending hand and deeply engaged spiritually. She was an avid outdoorswoman, hiker, biker, swimmer, and skier. Lowie was a world traveler and visited Russia (American-Soviet Peace Walk in 1987), Mexico, Europe, Africa, Australia and South East Asia.
Lois Guilbert Graves is survived by her children Lynn Knudson and husband Tom, Leslie Hayes and husband John, Stefan Graves and wife Regina, Janet Graves, and Scott Graves. Lowie's grandchildren were a central part of her life and she is survived by Bodhi Downer and wife Lisa and family, Lindsey Hayes-Koelman and husband Onno, Tashina Brown and husband Kawika and family, Kyle Hayes, Darshana Nani Lane, Coco Knudson, Sangjay Smith and Orgyen Decosse-Graves. Grandson La'akea Sky Smith passed away tragically just prior to Lowie and she is no doubt with him in a heavenly place. Lowie's husband Clark Graves passed away in January of 2005.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday November 8th, 2013 at St Thomas Church in Ketchum, ID. Reception/celebration of Lowie will take place at the 511 Building in Ketchum, ID (Leadville Ave) following a brief committal in the St Thomas columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of The Carroll Family of Ave Maria Memorial Chapel of Watsonville.