Grace R. Switzer

2 mai 191913 septembre 2020

Grace Switzer, 101, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at The Cedars. Grace was born on May 2, 1919, in Everett, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe; her parents, Albert and Jennie Ritchey; and three sisters, Hilda Middlekauf, Florence Baker, and MaryAlice Fasold.

Grace attended Juniata College with a degree in Home Economics, became a teacher, and then joined Church World Service during World War II. She met and married Roscoe Switzer on Dec. 4, 1946, in Brussels, Belgium. After their relief service overseas, they moved to Wichita and remained active in their volunteer work.

They raised five children, David (Lorna), Bob (Denise), Lynda French, Sharon Stevens (Jim), and Debbie Hottle (Bryan). They had 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, whom she cherished immensely.

Grace had a daycare center in her home and was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Named Emma, she went by Grace, which suited her well. May the Grace and kindness that she shared continue as her legacy.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita. Memorials may be made to Wichita Church of the Brethren or Juniata College.


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Herb and Jeanne Smith

19 septembre , 2020

Unfortunately, my husband and I did not have a chance to meet Sister Grace Stevens. However, we have been affiliated, via our Churchs of the Brethren and McPherson College, with many students from the Wichita Church of the Brethren.
After reading Sister Grace's obituary, we are very impressed with the witness she and her husband have left us as a legacy to the world. Her devotion to Christ and the Church will never be forgotten.
Would that more of us could follow in her footsteps.
Signed: Dr. A. Herbert Smith & Dr. Jeanne L. Smith
McPherson, Kansas

Sylvia Hess

18 septembre , 2020

My earliest memories of Aunt Gracie came from visiting my grandparents in Schellsburg--I loved spending time in her room which overlooked the street below, playing with her snow globe and admiring her writing, done in green ink. (Nobody else I knew used such a daring color!) I still have the little pottery dollhouse dishes and a child's dress she sent from Mexico, where she served before being sent to Europe. When I was in elementary school, I spent several weeks living with Gracie and Uncle Roscoe at their big old house near Friends University in Wichita--who could forget a trip to the Dairy Queen in their "woody" station wagon! So many good memories of a truly special aunt. . . .