Marie Christine Zukunft Graves, 88: Naval veteran, harbor pilot and advocate of education

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PORTLAND — Marie Christine Zukunft Graves, 88, of Portland died on June 20, after a protracted illness.
    
An administrator, librarian and educator, her career spanned across Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Florida and Ohio.  Graves was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license issued by the federal government, while serving on the Sabino of Casco Bay Lines.

Graves served in the Navy in World War II, reaching the rank of Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class while stationed in California.  It was her enduring love of the sea that brought her home to Maine permanently following her and her husband’s retirement.  
    
She was a woman of strong convictions who championed education and the needs of the disadvantaged throughout her life.
 
She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Coburn Vincent Graves.
 
She is survived by her sister, Joan Z. Huettl; by her five children, Marco and his wife, Nora Crowley, Ruth, Anne  and her husband, Michael Putetti, Susan and her husband, James LeClair, and Paul; and her grandchildren, Everett and Madeline.   

The family would like to thank all those who assisted with her care during her illness.  A private service is planned.  Arrangements by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

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