Patricia Yancey Graves, 75, longtime resident of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, April 30, at the home of her daughter after a long battle with diabetes and COPD. She was a graduate of Frankfort High School and attended the University of Kentucky. She was retired from state government, working at both the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Office of the Attorney General. She was a member of the Glens Creek Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Pisgah Homemakers, where she served multiple terms as President.
Pat was born November 15, 1938, to the late William Gregory “Red” and Elizabeth Shaw Barnes Yancey. Pat’s mother died when she was only two months old so she was raised by her grandmother, the late Marguerite Lyddan Yancey. Pat was devoted to her family and friends, loved animals, enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels that came to her numerous feeders and was an avid UK basketball fan. She spent many hours doing genealogical research which was deeply appreciated by her immediate and extended family members. Pat enjoyed playing cards, gardening, antiquing, boating, cooking and crafts. She was particularly known for the beautiful bird houses that she created from gourds, her unique singing voice and her wicked sense of humor.
In addition to her parents and her grandmother, Pat was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Anderson. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Graves Anderson (Steve) of Frankfort and two sons, David Neil and Darren Thomas (Katie) Graves of Versailles; four grandchildren, Jack Taylor and Matthew Stevens Anderson and Kadyn Reese and Eli Thomas Graves; two brothers, Gregory Turner (Liane) and Joe Lyddan (Diean) Yancey, both of Frankfort; uncle, C. Donald Yancey of Frankfort; her dog, Cody; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express special thanks to her physician, Dr. Timothy A. Winchester; her caregiver, Phyllis Quire; and Diane Scott, Kay Duvall, and the entire staff of the Frankfort office of Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jason Ashley and Rev. Rick Ralston at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home on Monday at 1 p.m. with burial following at Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be A. B. “Ben” Chandler, Loren “Squirrel” Carl, Sandy “Skip” Hockensmith, Bruce Graves, Johnny Sumpter, Richard Williams, Rusty Parks, and Shane Coe.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Timothy Winchester, Clay Greenwell, Gary and Sandy Rylander, Ree Wilson, Lyn Borders, Tom Kay, Nancy Richardson, Mary Ellen Cameron, Kay Thomas, Jennie Sloan, Pam Duncan, Jessica Hill, Amanda Best, Gretchen McDaniel, Jacki Rogers, Sabrina Partin, the staff at Hairy Business, the members of the Pisgah Homemakers, and her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601; American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; or the Lift Tutoring program at First Baptist Church, 233 South Main St., Versailles, KY 40383. Guestbook @ ljtfuneralhome.com.