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Dreama K. Travis, (72), of Graves Mill, Virginia, died May 13, 2015.
She is survived by her daughters, Kami Lynn Blackhurst-Barber and her husband, Raymond, of Florida and Brandi Hope Blackhurst Dickie and her husband, Robert, of Knoxville, TN and by her mother, Edana Hope Travis of Charleston, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Travis and her husband, Frank Blackhurst. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lachlan Dickie, Tristin Dickie, Kagan Barber, London Dickie, Amaris Dickie and Charlize Dickie. Other survivors inlude sisters, Carol Travis Blake and her husband, Charles of Talcott, West Virginia and Susie Travis Longpre and her husband, Terry, of Ellenton, Florida and brothers, Rodney Travis and his wife, Josie of Charleston and Gregory Travis of Charleston.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Ms. Travis was the proprietor of The Old Mill House Bed & Breakfast in Madison County Virginia where she was also a Certified Massage Therapist. She was a former employee of The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia, Columbia Gas Transmission Company and Columbia Natural Resources in Charleston and retired from Columbia Energy Group in Herndon, Virginia. She was a member of Culpeper United Methodist Church and a former member of Coal Fork United Methodist Church and Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.
After moving to Madison County in 2002, she renovated an old farmhouse that was to become The Old Mill House Bed & Breakfast. For twelve years she enjoyed meeting people from around the globe. It soon became a popular venue for beautiful weddings and being a Certified Massage Therapist added a new depth to her ministry. In 2006, she was successful in having the property listed on The Virginia Landmarks and The National Register of Historic Places. She was editor of The Graves Mill Grapevine, a quarterly publication. She initiated the Keep Graves Mill Clean Up Campaign.
In 2009 her property was listed on The Virginia Historic Garden Week Tour where more than 500 people toured the pre-civil war home. Graves Chapel was included in this tour.
Ms. Travis was Chairperson for the 400th Anniversary and recognized at a ceremony in Jamestown where she was presented the 2057 Legacy Award.
The Graves Mill Historical Park was created as part of the requirement. Near and dear to her heart, many hours were spent making Graves Chapel a place for all to worship or fellowship. World War II Veterans were interviewed and honored for their dedication showering them with gratitude for their service.
Locally, Dreama was chosen by the District Superintendent of Schools to monitor areas that needed improvement. In 2009, she received The Business Appreciation Chamber of Commerce Award, given in recognition of the significance of The Old Mill House Bed & Breakfast’s contribution to the economic health and quality of life in Madison County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As a member of Volunteers in Mission, she traveled to Mississippi to clean up after the Katrina devastation. She initiated The First Responders Cancer Team to reach out to newly diagnosed patients and several years ago established The Welcome Center at Culpeper United Methodist Church.
On a national level, she was a member of Operation Interdependence and traveled to Las Vegas to pack boxes to be sent to those serving in the military.
In 2013, she went to Nigeria, Africa, on a mission trip with medical, educational and evangelism supplies and taught skills to the locals.
Professionally, she belonged to the Inns at Montpelier, a unique organization where colleagues work together for the good of the whole and provide guests the best possible experience. Also, she belonged to The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia where she received the Innkeeper of the Year Award in 2013. She belonged to the American Massage Therapy Association. She also belonged to The Piedmont Environmental Council and Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy.
In the media, several articles appeared in Silver Age Magazine, Cancer Fighters, cover of Piedmont Magazine and the Madison Eagle.
Her other life included being a Girl Scout Leader for 15 years and a Sunday School Teacher, Bible School Teacher, Youth Leader, Homeroom Mother, volunteer ambulance driver and raised two wonderful daughters. She felt as if she never accomplished anything else in life, the world is a better place because they have lived. Together, they blessed her with six amazing grandchildren.
Dreama believed Volunteerism makes the world go around. Neighbor helping neighbor was what it was all about. Being here on this earth only for a short period of time made her want to be a good steward of the land and love thy neighbor as thyself. She felt extremely blessed to be in her little corner of the world called Graves Mill, Virginia, in the United States of America, surrounded by nature at its finest and people that know and appreciate the things that really matter.
The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Culpepper United Methodist Church with the funeral to follow at 2:30.
Following the service, family and friends will proceed to Graves Chapel where Dreama was laid to rest in the valley she loved so well.