It is with saddened hearts the family of Marion Grace Braaten mourn the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother on February 18th, 2021 at Saskatoon Convalescent Home. Grace was born on May 2nd 1933 to Lillian (nee Holmes) and John Fell in Weyburn, Sask. the fifth child of a family of seven. She took her schooling in Weyburn till Grade 10 when she chose to go to work. She would talk about her first job at the Dixon Cafe and the fun she had with the friends she worked with. She met her first husband Alvin Overland during this time and they married in 1955. Tragedy struck in 1956 and Grace was left widowed with two small children. In 1957 she married Arthur Braaten. Together they raised three children Donald, Colleen, and Maureen on a farm near Lintlaw, Sask. and shortly after in Weyburn. Trying to make a better life for her and "us kids" she worked many jobs, mostly in retail. When dad retired she did as well, and spent a lot of time crafting, traveling and being with the Grandkids and just enjoying being together. She loved music and taught herself, with Alvin's help, to play the guitar and accordion enough to enjoy fun get-togethers with family and friends. Listening to Scottish music made her smile, and mom always dreamed of going to Scotland to see where her dad was born and raised. She and dad loved having company and travelling, often with a tent or trailer in tow to visit family and friends on summer vacations. Grace loved to dance with Arthur as he was usually up first on the dance floor. Grace loved taking pictures and had many reels of slides and photo albums. She did her share of crafts over the span of her lifetime with quilting and crocheting being her faves. Later in retirement she would paint the wooden projects dad made and take to flee markets to sell and socialize. Mom would make matrimonial cake to serve her guests and it was the best ever. Mom was always polite and kind to people, never wanting to hurt their feelings. She struggled with mental health in her 60's and later diagnosed with dementia. All her caregivers said she was a wonderful and happy person and easy to care for. We would often hear "Gracie is one of my favorites". Marion Grace was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Braaten; first husband, Alvin Overland; her parents, Lillian and John Fell; sisters, Ethel Kuiper, Dorothy Lynch; brothers, Jim Fell, Murray Fell along with many aunts, uncles, nephews, a niece and many in-laws and their spouses, all of whom she had cherished in her heart. Grace leaves to mourn her son, Donald Braaten (Lucille) Forget, Sask.; daughters, Colleen Mooney (Garry) Indian Head, Sask. and Maureen Loos (Ron) Saskatoon, Sask.; grandchildren, Eric Braaten Moose Jaw, Sask., Lana Steiner Humboldt, Sask., Caleb Braaten Forget, Sask., Shawn Toffan, Joe (Jody) Toffan Regina, Sask., Cody Loos Calgary, Alta. and Evan Loos Saskatoon, Sask.; great grandchildren, Ryland Toffan, Thor Steiner, Wyatt Steiner, Colton Steiner, Dawn Braaten, McKinlie Braaten. Mom also leaves to mourn one sister, Gertrude Kronkvist Penticton, B.C. and one brother, Gordon Fell Surrey, B.C. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Funeral Service was held on Thursday February 25, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. from the Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Pastor Tim MacKinnon officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Donations in memory of Grace may be sent to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Weyburn) at 404 Ashford Drive Weyburn, SK S4H 1K1 or The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan at 2550 12 Ave Regina, SK S4P 2X1. "Mom/ Grandma Grace, you will be truly and deeply missed." Condolences may be left at: www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 306-842-5432