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Odessa, TX 79764
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Grace Virginia Leonard

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Grace Virginia Leonard Obituary
ODESSA Grace Virginia Leonard, 89, of Odessa, passed away on April 7, 2014, in Odessa. She was born in Magnolia, Texas, on August 22, 1924. Grace graduated school and college. She worked as a bookkeeper at Sewell Ford for 21 years and taught water aerobics at the YMCA while in her 70s. Grace was a Christian; she often said her love and devotion to God came from within.
Gracie, as her friends and family knew her, was a very confident and brave person. She had many friends and never met a stranger. She was a very colorful woman who, at the age of 14, got her nautical license to navigate through the commercial waters of the Houston ship channel, and at the time was the youngest female in history to achieve this. She was an extremely adventurous and outdoorsy woman who loved traveling and absolutely abhorred foul language. She enjoyed hiking anywhere and was not one to let life pass her by. Gracie never panicked over anything. She had animalistic instincts where one would say she could talk to the animals. Grace was a sculptor. She painted china and liked to create moulds to repair antique porcelain dolls. She also refinished antique furniture. Gracie was a member of a clog and tap dance group named the Lone Star Cloggers, who won the SR Olympics gold medal three years in a row.
Those left to cherish her love and memory are sons, Jim Carlin of San Antonio, Clay Carlin of Odessa, and Craig and Liz Carlin of Odessa; daughter, Lynda Carlin of Richardson; and 3 grandchildren, Goldwin, Hunter, and Cameron Carlin.
Gracie is preceded in death by her parents, Maxine J. and Florence Tassin.
The family will receive friends and family from 6-8 PM at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 11, 2014. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in Odessa American from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2014
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