Gracely, Mary Jane
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Dec. 30, 2013
Mary Jane (Llewellyn) Gracely, age 88, passed peacefully in her sleep December 30, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. Mary Jane was the loving wife of the late William H. Gracely, whom she married October 14, 1950. She was born to James and Daisy (Donithen) Llewellyn in Marion, Ohio. She graduated in 1943 as the valedictorian of her Marion - Harding High School senior class. She continued her education at Flora Stone Mather-Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated in 1947 with a bachelor degree in teaching.
Mary Jane and Bill moved (pioneered) to Naples, Florida in 1958. Bill became the eighth practicing attorney at law in Naples. Mary Jane was a long-time member of Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church and served Christ in many capacities through the years. She loved playing and teaching Mahjong with her many friends in both Naples and Sarasota. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake and share her famous crumb cake and Penuche iced cup cakes during the holidays and for family celebrations.
Mary Jane lived her life with joy, grace and love for her Savior. She joins Bill and their daughter Sarah who preceded her. Mary Jane's life continues on through the love of her surviving children: Hoke (Paula) Gracely of Houston, Texas; David (Lori) Gracely of Cary, Illinois; and, Harriett Hritz of Sarasota, Florida. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jessica (Eric) Kuffel, Jason (Amy) Gracely, Sarah (Will) Benson, Kevin Hritz, Joseph Gracely, Thomas Hritz and Janie Hritz as well as seven great-grandchildren: Blake, Brooke, Kyle, Grace, Avery, Laila and Brady. Each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren has a custom Christmas stocking with their name on it, sewn lovingly for them by "GiGi".
Memorial service and her life celebration will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key. Internment service and celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Naples Memorial Gardens Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
/Leukemia Research in Mary Jane's honor.
Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014