Dorothy Ellen Graves

December 13, 1933 ‒ April 05, 2021

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Johnstown, Ohio

Dorothy Ellen Graves, 87, of Delaware, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She was born December 13, 1933, in Columbus to the late Malvern B. and Ethel M. (Tucker) Lewis. She married William W. Graves, Sr., and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Sarah “Sally” Colvin, Wilma (James) Hathaway, William (Evelyn) Graves Jr, Chris (Judith) Graves, Glenn (Shelly Dandrea) Graves; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Ernie; one sister, Linda; and many other family members and friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol; one brother, Mike; and three sisters, Anna, Irene, and Bessie.

Outside of taking care of the children, Dorothy was known among many as quite the artist. She loved to paint ornate china and porcelain dolls. She loved to teach others the art of painting china. She also enjoyed cake decorating and working with different materials in making jewelry. She was a devout Christian. She was a member and Elder of the New Hope Community Fellowship. Dorothy expanded on her faith by leading bible studies at church.

A service to honor Dorothy’s life will begin at 12:00pm on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr, Delaware OH 43015. Visitation is Friday 10-12pm at the funeral home. Burial to occur in Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown. The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Graves family. To leave a condolence, or to share a memory please visit

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  • My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. Dorothy was a wonderful lady and always so kind to others. She was a blessing to know and she was loved by all who knew her. May God’s love, peace and strength surround you all and bless you always.
    Love, Lynda Chambers

  • We lost a beautiful person, Heaven gained a beautiful soul.
    Rest in Heaven Cousin Dorothy until we meet again.

  • We love you Aunt Dorothy. I will miss you. You are an Angel among Angels. Till we meet again. Say hello to my pops.

  • What a great wonderful lady she was loved by everyone she was a strong believer of God and had a relationship with Him.And was very talented we will miss her she was always kind to others aunt Dorothy say hello to Uncle Mike tell him save a spot on the fishing hole God be with the family peace joy comfort remember she won the Victory over death she made it

  • What a lovely lady and gifted artist was Dorothy who will be remembered fondly by those who came to know her and appreciate her kind and warm personality. Sympathies are sent to the family and friends near and far. Dorothy used her many God-given gifts to make the world a more beautiful and welcoming place. She will be missed and treasured. Thank you, Dorothy.

  • I’m sad to hear of my cousins passing. Dorothy is in Heaven now. You have my condolences . And may God bless you all. Love Charles Robinson Jr. 95 Fernhill ave ,columbus oh, 614-504-9289. Callplease.

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