Jean Graves Nuckols
Jean Graves Nuckols, 86, formerly of Richmond, VA, passed peacefully at her home in Houston on September 28, 2016. She was the beloved wife of Harvey Hobson Nuckols who preceded her in death over 28 years ago. Jean is survived by her three children, Faye Grubbs (Richard) of Sterling, VA, Richard Nuckols (Donna) of King George, VA, and Dorothy Clem (Daniel) of Houston, TX, a sister Constance Somerville of St. George, UT, a brother Benjamin Graves (Martha) of Kansas City, KS, a sister-in-law, Shirley Nuckols and brother in-law, Glenn Nuckols (Iris) of Rockville, VA. Jean leaves behind seven adoring grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, eight nieces and seven nephews.
Drawn by her genuine smile, quick wit, great sense of humor, zest for life, and kindness toward all mankind, family and friends will forever hold Jean dear in their memories. Her network of admirers and loved ones span across the country since both family professional moves and personal travel took her from coast to coast. This being the case, Memorial services will be held in both Houston and in Richmond, VA. On Monday, Oct 3, at 7 pm at Hope Church, 770 Pineloch Drive in Houston, Jean's nearby friends and church family will celebrate and honor Jean at a Memorial Service. A second service will be held later in October (date to be determined) at Goochland Baptist Church, 2454 Manakin Rd, Manakin-Sabot, VA. There, Jean will be laid to rest beside her husband. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ASPCA at giftaspca.org.
Jean's life began on December 5, 1929 in Richmond, VA as the second daughter to Rayford Graves and his wife Dorothy. As the daughter of a career Army officer, Jean grew up predominately in Richmond but spent some of her formative teen age years in Fort Sill, OK. The Oklahoma vastness suited her carefree spirit and gave her an appreciation of the Southwest landscape which later inspired her décor and art preferences.
Back in Richmond, Jean graduated from Glen Allen High School and attended nursing school at Grace Hospital where she graduated as a registered nurse. She married the love of her life, Harvey Nuckols, three days after her 22nd birthday. They started a family a year later and had two daughters and a son in the span of 5 years. Together, they raised the children and celebrated many happy occasions with nearby relatives and newly made friends until her husband's EXXON job moved the family to Baltimore in 1963.
Because of her tremendous outgoing personality and friendliness, Jean made many lasting friends in her new home. She continued her nursing career at a general hospital and later moved to a clinic for the underprivileged in inner city Baltimore. Again, her kindness and humbleness toward patient and staff earned her the respect of many there. She moved again in 1976 with her family (with the exception of her married daughter) from Baltimore to Houston when her husband's job once again transferred them. Houston is where she ended up saying goodbye to her husband when he passed away in 1988, the year she also retired from nursing to help him battle a rare illness..
Since Jean could not sit idle long from her dedication and service to mankind, she joined on to work the children's nursery at the YMCA while also participating in their aerobic and swim programs. She also worked at a church preschool and at a church nursery until her diagnosis of cancer in December 2015. Her part time jobs afforded her opportunity to travel to visit her grown children, her siblings, and families across the US while also cruising on occasion to other countries with close friends. Jean adored and seized all that life had to offer and relished in trying it all – from zip-lining at 80 to motorcycling at 85! She was so looking forward to that tandem sky jump!
But the Lord instead took Jean skyward to Heaven and she rests now in peace with her family there.