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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Claudia “Clab” Kay (Leader) Graves

  • Claudia “Clab” Kay (Leader) Graves, was born the daughter of the late Claude Earl Leader and the late Stella Pearl Hesseltine, May 28, 1943 in Seneca.
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  • Claudia “Clab” Kay (Leader) Graves, was born the daughter of the late Claude Earl Leader and the late Stella Pearl Hesseltine, May 28, 1943 in Seneca. She died on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. She attended grade school at District South No. Eight, Wyandotte, Okla., graduated from Wyandotte High School and received her associate of arts degree at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, Okla. Claudia K. had lived in the Wyandotte and Seneca area all her life. She had worked as a legal secretary for six years for a law firm in Miami. She married Arno G. Graves Sr. March 31, 1961, Seneca. Claudia K. and Arno shared many adventures trying different types of farming operations some of which were dairying, owning and operating a trucking business, to building a fish farm and raising Rainbow Trout. She loved her dogs and horses. Claudia K. is survived by her husband, Arno G. Graves Sr.; a daughter, Arna Kay Graves Williams and husband Jamie, Miami; sons, Arno Gene Graves Jr., Wyandotte, son, Michael David Whitecotton and wife Michelle, Stafford, Va.; two sisters, Elnora Wyrick and Vera Fay Brooks, both of Wyandotte; one brother, Douglas James Leader, Miami; seven grandchildren, Karrissa Leigh Cantwell, Kayla Danielle White Graves, Dakota Gene Graves, Andrew “Drew” Drake Williams, Zachary Vancampenhout, Kourtni Robirds and Cody Whitecotton, a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and her Pug, Tandy. Claudia K. was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Clifford Henry Leader. Funeral services under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the Sycamore Chapel United Methodist Church, East on 160 RD, southeast of Wyandotte, with Brother Mike Younger, Pastor Don Staggs and Pastor Jon Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Seneca Cemetery, with Arno Graves Jr., Mike Whitecotton, Kevin Brooks, Gary Wyrick, David Leader and Doug Leader Jr. serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Keith Brooks. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
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