Keya Marie Graves
Keya Marie Graves was born on October 30, 1976; GOD assigned Kim and Donna Graves to care for his Angel. On June 23, 2003, after a strong battle, the Lord called her home.
Keya lived life to the fullest and had many accomplishments to go along. She attended Delaware County Christian Middle School and graduated from Penncrest High School. In high school, she worked as a legal secretary for Judge James DeLeon and also worked for a prominent law firm in Media, PA. Keya went on to further her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she continued to impact peoples' lives.
Keya was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, yet continued to pursue her degree. During her first year, she interned as a reporter for ABC in Washington, D.C.. She worked for the Detroit News and was the first African American female reporter to work for the Daily Times of Delaware County. She was a Chipps Quinn Scholar and was recognized as one of the top journalist students in the country. Keya also worked for the Rainbow Coalition in D. C. and Sister to Sister magazine in Maryland. She was president of the Howard University Chapter of SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists), worked for the University's newspaper. The Hilltop, and received 'Hilltop's Most Improved Page Editor Award' (1997 - 1998) and ' Hilltop's Staff Member of the Year Award' (1998 - 1999). Through all her struggles, she persevered and graduated in May 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Before her passing she was offered a job as a journalist with the Philadelphia Daily Newspaper, but had to decline due to her physical condition. In her spare time, she began to sew and eventually formed Napaweeda Designs, a one of a kind clothing creation company. Keya had a spunky and loving spirit which reflected through her creations. So much so, while interning at WDAS she was assigned the task of producing a fashion show at the Robinhood Dell East. She was also able to exude her personality while working for Frank Mitchell at "Cut It Out" hair salon in Philadelphia, PA.
Keya was one of a kind, a joy to be around and loved by all. Always unselfish, committed, totally supportive and never once complained in all that she was going through. She was and continues to be a great inspiration to her brothers and sisters whom they hold close to their hearts. The family is incredibly proud to have the honor of naming the restaurant after her.