Grace Walters

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Grace M. Walters, 81

Grace M. (May) Walters, 81, of West Lafayette, formerly of Williamsport, died at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at University Place. Born in Talbot, IN, on February 20, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Burges Raymond and Jessie Alice Rector May. She married Lee Walters on March 12, 1949. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2010.

For over 20 years Grace and Lee owned and operated Walters Ace Hardware in Williamsport. She was a member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed counted cross-stitch, sewing, baking, and refinishing antiques. Her work ethic was an inspiration to her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are four daughters: Nancy (husband: Bryan) Phillips, Fielding, UT; Cheryl Gramalia, Davidsonville, MD; Jackie (husband: Lee) Elrod, Libertyville, IL; and Linda (husband: Joe) Leuck, Noblesville, IN; and a son, Craig (wife: Christy), Williamsport; 14 grandchildren: Wolf, Brandon, Jeremiah, and Gabriel Phillips, Tierra Wakefield, Andrew and Allison Tubbs, Lauren Edwards, Taylor Elrod, Callie, Cara, and Connor Leuck, Jennifer and Galen Walters; and 8 great-grandchildren: Levi, Madeleine, Genevieve, Lucas, Willow, and Jasmine Phillips, Ian Wakefield, and James Edwards. Also surviving are three sisters: Mary Schlosser and Juanita Kane, Williamsport, and Lucy Cowgill, Scottsdale, AZ; and a brother, James May, Attica. Three sisters, Evelyn and Eileen May, and Stella Wolfe, and two brothers, Dean (her twin) and Robert May, preceded Grace in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 12, in the Great Room of University Place, 1700 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, with Robert Fish and Peg Bishop officiating. There will be a private burial at Highland Cemetery in Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University Place Residents' Council Employee Appreciation Fund. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the staff at University Place for the tireless loving care and friendship they gave Grace.

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Published in the Journal & Courier on Nov. 10, 2011
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