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Grace Tunnicliffe AVIS

November 25, 1936March 23, 2020

Grace Tunnicliffe Avis, a longtime resident of Arlington, Virginia, died on Monday, March 23, 2020. She was 83. Grace was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in Ocean City, NJ, Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA. She was a graduate of Washington-Lee High School and the University of Maryland where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

From 1958 to 1962, Grace taught English at Kenmore Junior High School in Arlington. After raising her children, Grace returned to teaching in Arlington where she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Taylor, Page, and Patrick Henry Elementary Schools until her retirement in 2001. Grace enjoyed antiques, tending to her garden, and birdwatching.

Grace was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, and aunt. She is survived by her two daughters, Laura of Reston, VA and Nancy of Arlington, VA; one son, Paul and his wife Meredith of Arlington, VA, and two grandchildren, Chloe and Quinn Avis. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Georgia Miller and June Avis, and many nieces and nephews. Grace was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Avis. Grace was also predeceased by her parents, John and Effie (Goode) Tunnicliffe and her sister, Emmy Lapham.

Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Grace Tunnicliffe AVIS

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Karen Moore

April 1, 2020

To Grace’s family, I knew your mom from my time working in activities at Arden Courts. After she moved to Renaissance I visited my dear friends there who had moved. I last saw your mom about 2 or 3 months ago and she still had her sweet smile and loving presence. I held her hand and told her I had missed seeing her. I remember how we used to take moments together watching the birds and squirrels outside her window. She so loved nature! I feel for your loss and wish you all peace in this time. Your mom was loved by so many of us.
Karen Moore

Maria Armijo-Rodriguez

March 31, 2020

Please extend my sincerest condolences to your family.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nikky DiPietro

March 31, 2020

Nancy and family. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Phillips

March 27, 2020

Laura and Nancy,
My heart goes out to you as I know how difficult it is to lose a mom diagnosed with dementia. What I remember about your Mom was the dry sense of humor she would just add into a conversation. It would take me by surprise and just make my day! As the days went on I remember the twinkle in her eyes when she smiled and the fact that she loved babies. I know the two of you were very loved and adored by Grace. Know that she will always remain in your hearts.
My thoughts, love and prayers,