BAPTISTE, Emily "Grace"
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Emily "Grace" Baptiste passed peacefully in her sleep at home on November 14, 2012. Grace was born to Emily and Jack Garner in Didsbury on March 29, 1922 the eldest of 4 children. She grew up there and in Kelowna, BC . She went to nursing school in Lethbridge and during that time she met Dick Baptiste, who was training in Canada, as a pilot with the RAF during World War II. After the war she travelled to England where they were married in 1946. They then returned to Canada where Dick joined the RCAF and Grace and the family lived in many places depending on where he was posted. After his retirement they settled in BC until Dick's death in July 1998. She then moved to Sunrise Village, Olds in 2000 and lived there until her death. Grace used her nursing skills in many communities over the years, including Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary where she received a certificate in Psychiatric Nursing. She worked on Psychiatry at the Foothills Hospital until she moved to Sicamous, BC. In Sicamous, she was instrumental in establishing a hospice in the Shuswap area. Grace is survived by her children Beverley (Janice Neumann) Baptiste, Terry (Sharon) Baptiste and Judith Baptiste; grandchildren Nicholas (Daisy) Baptiste, Lloyd (Heather McPherson) Baptiste, Christopher Baptiste, Jake Baptiste, Ruby Mahoney; great-grandchildren Zachary and Austin Baptiste; 2 sisters-in-law Daphne Baptiste and Louella Garner; brother-in-law Tommy Molyneux; nieces, nephews and many cousins in Canada and England. She is predeceased by her husband Richard Baptiste, parents Jack and Emily Garner, siblings Jack Garner, Don Garner and Edith Molyneux and brother-in-law Donald Baptiste. The family would like to thank all the staff at Sunrise Village who took such good care of her over the past few years as well as all the friends she cared for and who cared for her. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, Olds with Reverend Ethel English officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the St. John's Anglican Church or the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012