Longtime Kenai resident, Grace Ann Shook, 71, went to be with the Lord on February 13, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Grace was born in Newark, NJ on July 8, 1949 to Lester and Esther Borgen. She graduated high school in 1967 at KCHS and married her husband, Vern Shook, on January 4, 1969 at 19 years old. They lived in Kenai, Alaska up until 2006, when they moved to Valdez, Alaska and finally moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa in 2011 to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. She was an unforgettable woman who put everyone else's needs first, she made delicious food for all, she adored spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she loved being with her friends at the Kenai Fabric Store and made quilts for dozens of family, friends, and those in need, and she enjoyed her time in fellowship with her family at Kenai Christian Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David. Grace is survived by: her husband of 52 years, Vern Shook; children: Celest Engelbarts, Kelly Gschwend, Andrew and Amanda Shook; grandchildren: Anthony and Deb Engelbarts, Krista Engelbarts and Shane Lyons, Amber and Cody Lundholm, Katie Engelbarts, Sarah Gschwend, Megan Gschwend, Aaron Gschwend, Jaxon Shook, Leighton Shook; great-grandchildren: Addison, Kinely, Joey, Thomas, Xavier, Miah. Siblings: Butch Borgen, Bob Borgen, Richard and Carolyn Borgen, Bill Borgen, Barbara Cooper and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please share your favorite memories of Grace by mailing them to the family: Vern Shook 3092 Main Street, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 51555.
Published in Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 24, 2021.