Walking On -- Connie Kaye Graves
Connie Kaye Graves
Aug. 17, 1955 – April 27, 2019
Tribal Elder Connie Kaye Graves, 63, a resident of Sheridan, Ore., walked on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at her parents’ home.
She was born on Aug. 17, 1955, in McMinnville, Ore., the daughter of Richard and Violet Ducharme Zimbrick. She graduated from Willamina High School in 1973 and earned an associate degree as a dental assistant from Chemeketa Community College in 1975.
She worked for eight years for Dr. Harry Cure in McMinnville. On June 4, 1983, she married Randon Bruce Graves in Reno, Nev. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Ronde.
Connie weaved many beautiful baskets, some of which are on display in museums in Grand Ronde, Portland and Salem. She was talented in teaching the art of basket weaving as well.
She was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and enjoyed camping. She also enjoyed going to Spirit Mountain Casino and was successful most of the time. Connie’s birthday gifts were highly anticipated as she put much thought into each one.
She is survived by her husband, Randon; parents, Dick and Violet Zimbrick; sister, Vikki Bishop; brother, Dennis Zimbrick; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be announced in the future. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.