The Curry Coastal Pilot

Grace Margaret Van Eaton

April 22, 1913-May 24, 2013

Grace Margaret Van Eaton, aged to perfection at 100 years of age, passed away May 24, 2013, with her family by her side.

Grace was born April 22, 1913, in Sentinel Butte, N.D.

She married her husband, Elvin, Dec. 8, 1930, and moved around the country following "Van" through his construction work. They lived in Bandon prior to settling in Brookings in 1965 and purchasing a home. Grace remained and tended to that home, took care of herself and her yard, and still drove until her dying day.

Grace spent her working years in retail in Bandon and in Brookings. She was quite the seamstress and would regularly sew her granddaughters their dresses and pajamas. She shared many stories with her family on her long life. She remembered everything, from being a small girl to events that happened a few days ago. She was a very classy lady and was liked by all. She was always friendly, fun and very caring.

Grace outlived her parents, Irvin and Nona Heisley; nine siblings; her husband Van, who passed away in 1996; her daughter Joyce Raymond, who served as Grace's daily companion who passed away Aug. 29, 2011, at age 77; and her son Jimmie who passed away when he was three years old.

She is survived by five granddaughters, who absolutely adored her, Sheryl Davis, Deanna Evans, Marlene Clark, Susan Wehner, Dawn Guenther and their husbands Bud Davis, Tyler Evans, Colin Clark and Carl Guenther. Grace also leaves nine great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Grace was the core of the family and her granddaughters were constantly calling and visiting her. Her granddaughters would always comment on what an amazing woman their Grandmother is. Family was her life.

The way to care and love your family came from the top andndash; it came from Grandma. We are blessed to be able to carry on her legacy of love and family values. We were her life, but she was ours. She was OUR Amazing Grace! We love you Grandma and you will be missed greatly.

A celebration of Grace's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Living Waters Foursquare Church, 1136 Fifield St., in Brookings. A reception will follow there.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.