Blessed are those who knew her love and caring these last 104 years: most knew her as Amazing Grace. What’s the secret to such a long life? Grace would just shrug her shoulders in response, but the answer is probably just being pleasant.
She was a native of Bellingham, WA. Her parents owned a bottling company where she worked until she became a mother. As a homemaker, she was a brilliant seamstress, but cooking, maybe not so much. But the bright side is that it did inspire her daughter to teach home economics where she emphasized cooking. And as a mom, Grace also stressed being frugal: she was a child of the depression. From time to time, Grace would offer a gentle correction: “My dad would say…”. Her free time was usually spent in her community. Grace was that 10 percent that does 90 percent of the work, especially when it came to the disabled. When her husband died, Grace went to Mullica Hill, NJ to help with her granddaughter, taking frequent trips back to Washington to visit family, with her cat always by her side.
She was the wife of the late Howard, mother of the late Fred, and is survived by her daughter, Nancy McCloskey, daughter-in-law, Marilyn Higgerson, granddaughters, Rebecca McCloskey and Tammi Brown, grandson, Scott Higgerson, and 2 great grandchildren.
Donations to Kingsway Education Foundation will be greatly appreciated.