Grace Reed

September 24, 1931September 10, 2020

Passed away at home with her family at her side on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 in her 89th year.

On September 24th of 1931, on a small prairie farm just outside of Leross, Saskatchewan, Grace was born to loving parents Roy and Lily. She is survived by her tender and steadfast sister, Barbara; predeceased by her loving brothers David and Leonard. For 58 years Grace was a devoted partner and friend to her husband Bill. Her unconditional love as a mother and friend was shared not only with her children Mark (Brenda), and Miriam (Jed), but with many of their dearly cherished childhood friends, whom Grace always considered extended family. Grace made no secret of how deeply she cherished and loved her grandchildren – Tanu, Tookoome, Grace, James and Sofia.

Grace’s childhood experience of growing up on the prairies left an indelible respect for the significance of cooperative community and support. Grace and Bill shared a passion for addressing social justice issues, and advocating for peace and equity. Grace`s extended circle of love included many dear friends with special recognition of The McIvor Family, Andrea Rowbottom and predeceased friends Shirley McGinley and Addie Brown. Grace cherished the people from the congregation of St. James Church and loved them as her extended family. Her strong faith in God was lived out daily both in her personal and professional life. The lasting friendships (Ruth) which were formed while training to be a nurse at the Regina General Hospital are as strong the day she died as they were during the 1953 graduation. The latter part of Grace’s nursing career was devoted to public health nursing. Grace loved driving the rural roads of Flamborough visiting newborn babies, making visits to seniors, and attending as a school nurse. She deeply cherished her Hamilton Public Health nursing colleagues and greatly appreciated the laughter-filled visits, especially as it became progressively difficult for her to leave her home.

A most genuine sense of gratitude is expressed to the multitude of health care professionals who tended to Grace over the past few years including: Natasha- (PSW), Ann (Chaplain) Deeanna (LHIN) and Catharine (Social Work) -Juravinski Hospital F4. Deep gratitude to: Tony, Amanda, Maddy, Sami, Alex, Kate and Jackie (from Grand River Nursing) all of who provided Grace with gentle and attentive care at home over the past year. A very special thank you to Dr. Leeanne Coren who’s ongoing devotion as a family physician exemplified the true sense of family medicine. Dr. Coren helped to navigate Grace’s care and support Grace`s family through some of the most difficult and challenging times in Grace`s life. Grace lived her faith, and in doing so she has left a legacy of generosity, acceptance, tolerance, strength, dignity and above all, love. Those of us who are left can perpetuate this legacy of love, thus transcending the confines of death.

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Patricia Webster

September 26, 2020

I am so sorry to know of Grace's passing. She truly was named Grace for a reason. What a lovely and sweet lady. When I think of her I smile. My sincere condolences to Bill, Mark and Miriam.

Pat Webster

Monique Smith

September 21, 2020

I wanted to extend my deepest condolences to you all! I was very saddened to hear of Graces passing, she was such a warm and loving lady! When I think back of tender moments as a child growing up in Dundas, I feel blessed to have had her in my life - both in the church family and as family friends as well! I know her love and her legacy will continue for years to come! She was a great woman! All my love!

Kate Smaglinski

September 21, 2020

I experienced many lively & interesting conversations with Grace & am sad to hear of her passing. She was always pleasant & selfless, it was my pleasure to know her. My deepest condolences to all of her family. ❤

Donna Rutherford

September 18, 2020

Grace was a wonderful friend. Our friendship grew through the groups we belonged to. There are lots of wonderful memories. Grace was a loving and kind woman and she will be greatly missed. All my love and blessings to the family.
Donna Rutherford

Keith Dixon

September 15, 2020

I grew up in Saskatchewan. My female classmates through grade school, high school, and university were all from Saskatchewan. As a teenager I spent twelve months in the Regina hospital. The nurses were all from Saskatchewan, and kept me sane during that ordeal Bill and I became friends during our university years. When I learned from Bill that he was engaged to a Saskatchewan girl I was very impressed with his choice! Meeting Grace was like being back home in Saskatchewan. We could talk about things like saskatoons, northern lights, and gophers without going into long explanations. Visiting the Reids was like a visit back home.

Julie Whittard

September 13, 2020

Aunt Grace was a wonderful cook. We always looked forward to meals she made when our family visited as children. I developed a big interest in baking because of her carrot puddings, butter tarts and pies. She was a knowledgeable conversationalist and I could count on her sharing her honest opinions and perspective. She loved her family and the water lilies at Reeds Roost....I will miss her very much.

Marg & Rob Roi

September 13, 2020

The Roi family is so sad to hear of the passing of Grace. All of us remember Grace with such affection - she will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Rois.

Karen Kaija

September 13, 2020

Love to you, Uncle Bill and to you Mark and Miriam and your families. What I'll always remember about Aunt Grace is her laughter, her hospitality and wittiness, her Christmas pudding, and how peaceful I felt after those enormous good-bye hugs. God's peace in the days and weeks ahead.

Lorraine Kaija

September 12, 2020

Deepest love and hugs to Bill, Mark and Miriam and the rest of the family. So many wonderful memories. Too many to share. However, one that stands out is the wonderful New Year's Day feasts! I will miss her so much.... May God grant you His peace. The Peace that passes all understanding.

Richard Birney-Smith

September 11, 2020

Grace & Bill were among the first people who befriended Thalia & me when we arrived at St. James' from Saskatoon in 1967. Grace even baked us a Saskatoon berry pie. We go back a long way.

Heartfelt condolences to Miriam, Mark, and the extended family. - rbs


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