In loving memory of

Jean Diane Graves
February 18, 1951 - January 8, 2022

Jean Diane

Jean Graves, 70, passed away surrounded by her family at Mercy Health St. Mary's (Grand Rapids) on January 8, 2022 following a lengthy illness. Jean Diane was born on February 18, 1951 to Charles and Ethel Jean (Swift) Robinson in Muskegon and was a lifelong resident. She was a 1969 graduate of Muskegon High School and attended classes at Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State University in early childhood development. On October 4, 1969 she married Henry "Hank" Graves. She held positions of nutrition aide and outreach manager for Muskegon/Oceana Head Start and was very involved in student/teacher relationships and development. Jean held positions with the Nims Elementary School PTA, eventually serving as President. She was elected to the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education and served in various capacities, including Treasurer, for 11 years. During this time, she also served as a trustee for the Muskegon Museum of Art. Jean worked as a retail sales associate for several organizations, including as manager of store operations for the Girl Scouts of Michigan Pine and Dunes Council and was co-owner of HobbyTown USA.


Jean was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Hank; children Veronica (Jonathon) Blatt, Brian (Molly) Graves, and Bruce (AErin) Graves; sisters Holly (Mike) Priest and Monica (Dan) Dusnik; grandchildren Owen Graves, Jack Scrimshaw, Eli Graves, Ella Graves, Samantha Graves, and Lucy Graves; mother-in-law Annella Graves; sister-in-law Marsha (John Shepherd) Van Lente; sister-in-law Karma Graves; brother-in-law Roger (Gayle) Graves; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles Robinson and Mark Robinson, sister Wendy Robinson, and father-in-law Marshall Graves.
Cremation has taken place and there is no visitation at this time. A celebration of Jean's life will be scheduled for family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hackley Public Library. Please visit to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.

Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon


David Lopez Jr wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. The Lopezes"

Pete Wolters wrote on Jan 16, 2022:

"Hank, our condolences to you and your family."

Gloria Jackson Pulliams wrote on Jan 16, 2022:

"My condolences to the family of Jean. She and I worked for Headstart for many years."

Deloris Arnold-Johnson wrote on Jan 15, 2022:

"Condolences to the Graves family. I had the pleasure of working with Jean in Headstart, we attended many workshops and classes together. She was always soft spoken and to the point with a smile . My prayers are with you."

Mardi Williams wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Dear Graves Family~ So very sorry for your loss but know she will be watching down on you as a "Chief Guardian Angel" in charge. Always in your heart, hoping happy memories and God's Love help you through this time. With sincere sympathy, Mardi Monroe Williams "

Rich Predko wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Hank, so sorry for your loss of your wife. May she Rest In Peace.. Rich Predko"

Cheryl Black wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"My deepest sympathy to Brian and the entire family. "

Roger & Gayle Graves wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"When Jean was on the school board of Muskegon High School, she handed each of my girls their graduation diplomas :)"

Roger & Gayle Graves wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Jean enriched the lives of all who knew her! She has no replacement and is missed terribly!"