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GRACE ANGELICA MCELREA (published on August 15, 2009)

GRACE ANGELICA McELREA (nee PETERSON) Grace McElrea was relieved of all pain on August 13, 2009, with family at her side. She will be greatly missed by her best friend and husband of 64 years, William (Bill); daughters Caroline (Lynn) and Karen; grandsons Paul and Todd and his wife Elizabeth; great-granddaughters Angellica, Keeley, and Evangelene, and great-grandson Layne; her surviving siblings, twin brother Gudmunder (Manni), sister Kristin (Kitty), and brother Roy; and her much-loved little dog Oliver. She was predeceased by her son Kerry, four brothers and two sisters. Born in 1923 in the Interlake community of Oakview, Grace moved to Winnipeg in 1940 to work as an aircraft mechanic at Stevenson Airport, No. 5 AOS. There she met Bill, who was smitten by the petite beauty in coveralls, and whom she married in 1945. After the war, she devoted herself to raising a family and being Mom to many during her 25 years at the front desk of the Elmwood-Kildonan Y. Grace was a loving, devoted wife and mother, and an adoring grandmother and great-grandmother. She took great joy in her garden and in the 20 happy seasons she and Bill spent golfing at Rossmere. The family would like to thank the Concordia Hospital nursing staff at N3 East and Dr. Abdulrehman for their wonderful care and compassion. At Grace's request, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family gathering. Grace loved nature in all its forms. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree, pat a dog, admire the changing sky, or make a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, or the charity of your choice. The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night As a feather is wafted downward From an eagle in his flight. And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.

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