Laura Peavy Graham
July 21, 2014
Laura Peavy Graham
Age 86. Born: October 13, 1927 Died: July 16, 2014
Laura Peavy Graham of Steamboat Springs and lately of Denver, passed away on July 16th, 2014. Daughter of Laurence Peavy and Evelyn Ellis Peavy, Laura was born October 13, 1927 on the Cross Bar Reverse K Ranch in Deep Creek and delivered by Dr. Willet, (as were sisters Alice and Jan Peavy and Jo Anne Semotan). Laura's father died early in her life leaving the ranch to his widow Evelyn and three daughters who worked the ranch side-by-side with their mother, which was unusual for the times.
In 1933, Evelyn married Quentin Semotan and youngest daughter Jo Anne was born. The family continued to raise Registered Herefords and some of the first Quarter Horses including national champions. Laura was Fair Queen and raised 4H stock and enjoyed her time on the ranch. The three Peavy girls rode horseback to the Long Gulch country school where they graduated from the 8th grade. Laura attended Steamboat Springs High School and Stephens College in Missouri. She completed an Associate of Arts in Fashion Design which she practiced all her life.
In 1948, Laura married William (Bo) Graham of Steamboat at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church and settled in Denver in the 60's where they raised their four children, Debra Ann (James) Peebles, Susan Elizabeth Raterman, Mary Pat (Kevin) Graham-Kelly and William Jr. Laura and Bo were married for 58 years.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents Laurence Peavy and Evelyn Peavy Semotan, husband William Graham, son William Graham Jr., and sister Jan Peavy Easton. Eldest sister, Alice Peavy Blasingame, resides in Ramah Colorado, and youngest sister Jo Anne Semotan lives on the family ranch in Steamboat Springs. Laura is survived by her three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held in Denver July 21st and 22nd at St. Mark’s Orthodox Church. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 23rd , 2014 @ 1pm at the Steamboat Cemetery and presided by Laura's daughter, Reverend Debby Peebles.
Memorial Contributions suggested to St. Mark’s Orthodox Church, Denver, 80210