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Amazing Woman of the Suncoast: Faith Graves

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Faith's mother died when she was eight years-old; growing up, she had one ambition. She was teaching religion in Covington, Kentucky when a young minister heading to Brazil as a missionary preached at her church.

"The Sunday he was to preach I real excited," says Graves. " A voice came to me saying this is the man you are going to marry."

After church he asked her to lunch.

"He said would you marry me on the first date. I said I'll have to think about it and pray about it."

She really liked him. The couple left for Brazil. They spent 20 years in Brazil. Their three children were born there. They returned to the states when Faith got breast cancer. Ellis preached at a Florida church.

"They asked him to come back and be the pastor of Trinity Church in Clearwater," says Graves. "We were there for 14 years."

Then a terrible shock.

"He had word from the doctor that he had a year to live."

Ellis resigned from his church and retired.

"But the doctor made a mistake, he lived 20 years beyond that fortunately."

They enjoyed retirement; but shortly after moving to Westminster in Bradenton, Ellis died.

But Faith is still involved in many activities and knits everyday to help others.

"I usually knit make 3 or 4 sweaters a month and they go to the migrants. "

And her life lesson?

"Remember all the good times, forget the bad times."