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MARY BEATY GRAVES, ACTIVE IN CIVIC AFFAIRS

Mary Beaty Graves, 95, long active in Buffalo community affairs, died Friday (June 29, 1990) in Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness.

The Indianapolis native studied in the Sorbonne at the University of Paris.

In 1914, she traveled to Munich, Germany, with her godmother, the widow of President Benjamin Harrison. They were detained in Germany for six weeks when World War I was declared. After returning to Indianapolis, she taught French and sold real estate.

In 1917, Mrs. Graves served as director of personnel and interpreter at a U.S. Army base hospital in Contrexeville, France. She returned to the United States in 1919.

She married Nelson M. Graves of Buffalo on May 20, 1920, and lived here the rest of her life.

Mrs. Graves was active in many community affairs, including membership on the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, the Travelers Aid and Junior League of Buffalo. She also was vice president of the Children's Hospital Aid Association and helped operate and enlarge the hospital's birthday shop.

She was a member of the Garret Club and served several times on its board of directors. She was a member of the Mrs. Ansley Wilcox reading group known as "The Class," and Les Amis de la France, as well as various French reading and conversation groups.

She also was a member of the Frontier Club of Republican Women, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Grosvenor Library Society, the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Smithsonian Institute, the Social Service Advisory of Buffalo General Hospital, the National Cathedral Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include a son, Nelson M. Jr. of Buffalo; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Interment will be in Forest Lawn.

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