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Grace Ann (Adams) VanHOOSE Grace passed peacefully in her home on May 30th at the age of 58. Grace was born November 7, 1947 in Butte, Montana to Telfer and Helen Adams. Grace moved to Seattle as a child with her mother and siblings after the death of her father. Her mother remarried Tom Leary and their family still lives in Shoreline. Grace is preceded in death by her father, Telfer Adams, her brother, Tommy Adams and sister, Susan Brown. She is survived by her husband, Ron VanHoose and children, Shawna (Andy) McGahan of Lynnwood, Ronna (Jim) Beal of Mill Creek and Adam (Tarah) VanHoose of Everett, her grandkids - Mackenzie, Cameron & Kendra McGahan; Alice & Shaina Beal. She lives on in their smiles, in their eyes dancing and their laughter. She is survived by her parents, Tom and Helen Leary, sister, Peggie VanHoose and brothers, Bill Adams and TR Leary. Grace volunteered at Fircrest School from 7th grade until she graduated from Shoreline high school in 1966. She married Ron in 1972 and together they shared a wonderful life full of adventures and fun. They were text book example of soulmates, of truly being in love and of loving each other. There is no way to begin to explain how dearly she will be missed, and by how very many. Grace, or Gracie as she was known to many, touched countless lives. She worked for years at Nile Temple of the Shrine in Mountlake Terrace. She was an adored member of the Shrine family, and was loved by the nobles and the ladies alike. Our family would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Philip Gold and his staff at Swedish Cancer Institute for the work they do and the fight they helped her fight against cancer; to Providence Hospice staff for their help in keeping her comfortable in her final days, and helping the rest of us watch her go; and also to all of the friends and extended family - old and new - that have helped support Grace and the entire family during her long battle with cancer. God helps you by giving you what you need to get through the toughest times - and He gave us all of you. We are grateful. For Grace with love from Ronnie, Shawna, Ronna & Adam, we will see you again in Heaven, and until then we will see you in our dreams. A million times we thought of you, A million times we cried. If our love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts you will hold a place, No one will ever fill. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas More - 6511 176th Street SW - Lynnwood, WA, Friday, June 2nd at 12 noon. Memorials can be made to: Swedish Medical Center Foundation Attn: Dr. Philip Gold cancer research 747 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122-4307.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 31, 2006
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