DEGRACE, Emily "Lilbit" 72, of Tampa, passed away Dec. 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norris and Bertha Sutfin; husband, Luke DeGrace; brother, David Sutfin and sister, Lillian Hansen. She is survived by her brother, Daniel Shelhamer; son, John Shoemaker and stepson, Thomas DeGrace. Emily was born in Corning, NY, and graduated Painted Post High School in 1958. She worked in accounting much of her life, and was active in the Moose and American Legion. Emily most enjoyed her family and friends, as they were her world. A more generous and caring person, you'll never meet. Emily also loved bowling, camping, crocheting and bingo. She was always crocheting blankets for family, friends or a cause. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of her favorite charities, DAV, PVOA or St. Jude's. A memorial service will be held Jan. 5, 2013, 11 am, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa, FL 33635. Please visit and sign our online guestbook at: www.blountcurrywest.com or call 813-814-4444.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 30, 2012