In Loving Memory of Patricia Kay Graf September 12, 1965 - September 8, 2020
Last updated 9/28/2020 at 11:49am
Patricia Kay (Daffern) Graf, 54, of Hanover, Co., passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2020. Patty was born in 1965 to Charles Duane Daffern and Wilma Louise (Hohensee) Daffern in Independence, KS. Patty was the business owner, practice manager and head CVT of Fountain Creek Veterinary Clinic alongside Dr. James Graf. Patty was only 5 years old when she accepted Jesus Christ. As the story goes, Patty ran into the kitchen shouting to her mother, "I did it! I did it! I asked Jesus into my heart!" After this most important moment in her life, Patty was unstoppable.
In her teen years, Patty was easily found witnessing to other youth about Jesus. Her heart was always called to children's ministry. Patty went on to study in college to help troubled teens. Patty married Kenneth R. Harvell and God moved her into an especially important role: motherhood. Patty had three children: Elizabeth, Amanda and Joshua. Patty and Ken later divorced.
While earning a Veterinary Technician Certification, she worked with and later married James Graf, DVM. This blessed Patty with two more children, a daughter, Evyn, and an estranged son, Elliot Graf, whom our family still loves and misses. Patty, along with her sister Tammy, co-owned C&H Shepherds where they trained and bred Schutzhund-German Shepherds.
Throughout the years Patty and James built a lucrative veterinary hospital. They also enjoyed many beautiful adventures together such as breathtaking views in Alaska, Mexico and all over the United States through their 20 years of marriage. Patty loved hunting, fishing, camping, riding horses and mules in the mountains. Patty was also extremely talented at painting, singing, jewelry making and writing in the form of songs to published poems. Her gifts that she gave those in her world were and are so precious. She was so loved by so many.
Through the Fountain Creek Veterinary Clinic, she began a new ministry. She was able to utilize her resources to help others in need. Patty later discovered another form of ministry in Hanover Community Church. She fell in love with the little church on the plains and quickly began working in the church in any way she could help. She became known as "The Bible Fairy" as she gifted Bibles to anyone in need. She poured her heart and soul into the ministry of her church and even fought for the Gospel to be kept in its teachings. She maintained her integrity and loved others, for Jesus, even in the face of diversity. Patty knew and loved God's word.
She always said, "Study God's word, as the answer to all mysteries, all questions and all things are found within. It lacks nothing." Patty truly knew (and knows) that God's will is best in all circumstances, even when we don't understand. She labored tirelessly to assist in maintaining the church through the retiring of Pastor Ragan, and the current pandemic. She also launched a campaign to provide food and supplies to anyone in need during this difficult time. She would say that it was all God, NOT her. She insisted that our service here is for Christ's glory, not ours. Patty's giving heart allowed her to show Jesus in her life. She loved God and her family above all else. She adored her grandchildren so much.
She is survived by her husband, James Graf; her children, Elizabeth (Sitiveni) Tupou, Amanda (Nolan) Johnston, Joshua Harvell, Evyn Langford and Elliot Graf; her Mother, Wilma Daffern; two sisters, Rockie (Lane) Fordham and Tammy (Rick) Campbell; brother, David (Apryl) Daffern, two nieces and four nephews. Also surviving are seven beautiful grandchildren. Patty was preceded in eternal life by her sister, Carrie Renee and father, Charles Daffern.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Hanover Community Church at 17480 S. Peyton Hwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80928. If sending flowers, please send to the church as well. A celebration of life is at Hanover Community Church, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.