Grace Mae Hawley

May 18, 1957April 9, 2012

Grace Mae Hawley Our dearly loved Grace died April 9, 2012. Grace was born in Council Bluffs, IA May 18, 1957. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs where she participated in several sports, was Cheerleading Captain, active in the school newspaper, Homecoming Queen and graduated in 1975. Grace lived in Arizona for 28 years and graduated cum laude from Arizona State University in 1997. After graduation, she had a successful professional career at Intel.

Grace loved spending time with family and friends, was a wonderful listener, and loved to provide a home environment where all could enjoy each other and life. In just a few minutes she made everyone feel comfortable and happy. She had friendly, fun loving zest for life and time spent with her was such a joy. Grace loved Arizona, had a passion for life and thrived on the outdoors. She enjoyed mountain biking, hiking and skiing, and has been seen rowing around Tempe Town Lake in a kayak.

She is survived by her husband Dave Altum, son Grant Garrean (life partner Jackie) of Arizona, daughter Emily Garrean (life partner Sean) of Arizona, grandchildren Jordan, Joey and Sean, parents Lloyd and Marianna Hawley of Mesa, AZ, brothers Ralph Hawley of Arizona and Douglas Hawley of Omaha NE, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family and friends will miss her deeply.

Memorial service will be Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ. 85248, 480-895-9232.


  • ~ Memorial Service ~ Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Grace Mae Hawley

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December 3, 2017

Dear Marianna,

I want you to know that I think of Grace so often and miss her dearly. Her friendship was everything to me during a very difficult time. She is my forever friend. Love to you and your family during this Holiday Season. Lynn

Marianna Hawley

December 1, 2017

Hi Gracie. I have missed you tremendously this past 5 years and now as I write you, your father, Lloyd has passed away, he is dearly missed. We had a simple graveside service and a Celebration of life gathering at his favorite bar. I'm sure he would have been pleased. His sister Joyce, husband Marvin several nieces and nephew also several grandchildren, other family members and many friends were present to celebrate his life. I know you already know all of this but saying it makes it so, you both may be looking down and watching over us. May God bless you and him, may you be resting in his loving arms. We love you both and miss you. Mom

Emily Garrean

August 19, 2015

Thinking of you on this and every other day! Sending you love.

Karl Pifer

May 31, 2015

I was so saddened when I learned of Grace's passing. My wife, Sharon, and I share a grandson with Grace (Jordan Pifer). I only met Grace a few times, but I remember her as a vibrant, fun person to be around. I can tell by the many messages left here, that she touched the lives of many in a special way. Karl

Emily Garrean

March 6, 2015

Mom, Ive been thinking of you. Always thinking of you actually. I love you and miss you more than any words can express. continue to watch over all of us as I know you do. And ill picture your beautiful smile as you watch your family from above. I love you Mom.

May 19, 2013

Hi Gracie. Just wishing you a Happy Birthday and wish you could have been here to celebrate. We Went to the Preakness race hoping the horse Orb would win his second race to be in line to win the Triple Crown but he lost. I remember how much fun we had at the races. Dad finally moved back to IA., I hope he will be happier. I love you Grace and miss you so much.


Emily Garrean

May 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom. We love you so very much!

Emily Garrean

April 12, 2013

Hi Mom,
Its been a long sad year. I miss you everyday. I still sometimes think I can call you and you'll be there or I find myself talking as if you were right there with me. The kids miss you, we all miss you and love you.
You are always in my thoughts. And even in my dreams. I can still hear your infectious laugh. I miss having you come get massages from me. I always looked forward to my Mom coming in to my work. You were sapposed to relax, but we just chit chatted the entire time. Or the time I came over and you were telling me stop making you laugh but niether of us could stop laughing. What it was that was so funny, i dont remember. But i remember laughing with you. I enjoy those memories.
I love you Mom. I wish I could hug you.

Rhonda Kauffroath

April 10, 2013

I still have a hard time believing you are gone. You are missed greatly by all who knew you, especially your Mom. I know you are ever present in the lives of your family and watching over your grandchildren and children. We will all see you one day. Rhonda

April 10, 2013

Hi Gracie. It's hard to believe a year has passed since you left us. We have missed you so much and still wait for your call, Hi Mom, but no calls come. Sylvia and I visited you yesterday on the 9th. We brought a smalll bottle of Merloe and 3 glasses, lite a candle and recalled the many wonderful mermories of spending time with you, so we toasted you and left a rose to reflect your loving ways and yes we could see you running up the mountain and glancing back at us laughing, we love you so very much and miss you. Sean is growing so fast and many times I see a reflection of you. Know that you are so near to our hearts, love, Mom