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Grace Fox Anderson Elwell

Wheaton, Illinois

May 4, 1932 – Sep 2, 2021 (Age 89)


May 4, 1932
September 2, 2021
Wheaton, Illinois


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Hultgren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Obituary

Grace Fox Anderson Elwell, age 89, a resident of the Holmstad in Batavia, IL, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was born May 14, 1932 in Melrose Park to Edmund and Phyllis Fox.

Grace grew up in Maywood and graduated from Oak Park High School and then Wheaton College. She worked as a graphic artist at Barber Greene Corp. and then as an editor and writer for many years at Scripture Press in Wheaton, Illinois. In June of 1978, she married Vernon Anderson. She was a talented artist, who enjoyed drawing, painting and music. She also enjoyed writing poetry and traveling with Vern. Her Christian faith was the guiding light and hope of her life, and she generously served family, church, and Holmstad ministries.

After Vern's death in 1992 she moved to the Holmstad where she met Frank Elwell. They were married in February of 2004.

She is survived by her step-daughters, Carol (Jack) Gordon and Linda (Dan) Curry; her grandchildren, Kim (Ryan) Lewis, Holly (Chris) Lundgren, David (Hope) Levin, Adam (Donna) Levin, Jason Curry, Jon (Julie) Curry and Matthew (LeAnne) Curry; her nieces, Lois Lundgren and Linda (Richard) Telling; nephew, Edmund (Mary) Fox; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-grandchildren, & great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husbands; her parents; her siblings; step-daughter Lois Levin; granddaughter, Virginia Levin; and nephews Tim & Dave Haidle.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 11, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be directed to The Holmstad Benevolent Fund, Benevolent Care Fund, 700 W Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia, IL 60510.

Family and friends may sign a guest book at For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

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Grace was a dear friend for many years. We first met at Central Bible Church in Aurora IL in the 50's. She often gave me a ride to church. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding in 1965 and we continued our friendship with her and then Vern and Frank through the years. I often visited her at the Holmstad until the pandemic. I am so sorry I did not know of her passing so I could have attended her funeral. It's wonderful to know that she is now with Jesus. My condolences to the family.

I’m remembering Aunt Grace with much fondness and thankfulness. She showed her love for the Haidle family through prayer and kindness, sending cards over the years, including favorite Scriptures, and assuring us of her love and care for us. Her prayers were instrumental in bringing my husband Tim to Christ in a very difficult time in his life. How I thank God for her! And now she is with the Lord Jesus, whom she loved and adored. ❤

Grace and then Vern and Frank were interested supporters of our ministries with Greater Europe Mission in Austria and America for many years, which we deeply appreciate. "Well done, Grace, good and faithful servant of Jesus."

So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts of hope and healing to your family.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.