November 17, 1949 – April 4, 2012
Grace Bracamonte was born in Fresno, California on November 17, 1949 to a family of 17 siblings. Her father, Sam Bracamonte, and mother, Rachel Vasques Bracamonte Cruz, are both still living. She had seven brothers, three of whom preceded her in death, and nine sisters, one of whom preceeded her in death.
She grew up in San Jose, California until she join the job corps in the late 1960's and met her spiritual sisters, Connie Rollis and Marie Pursley, who are both deceased. She travelled the world teaching the Baha'i faith.
In one of her travels to a world conference she met her husband, Nayer Khademi, and went to Iran where she feel in love with her mother-in-law and the rest of the Khademis. While pregnant, she had to flee Iran during the revolution and when she reached England she had her greatest love, her son Abbas Khademi, who gave her the second greatest love of her life, her grandson Kayne Khademi, age four.
She was a teacher all of her life, teaching the Baha'i faith to anyone who would listen to her. She spoke several languages. She settled in Seattle, Washington to be with her spiritual mother and sister, Marie Pursley and Betty Wirkkunen, and made lifelong friends who loved her and adored her and made her feel like she was always a part of their family.
Grace loved music and especially loved dancing. She will be missed by so many.
- Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2012
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April 17, 2013
I love Grace. She is unique, and lovely. My first memory of her was at a Baha'i funeral. She stayed after at the gravesite, alone, and sang the most beautiful song to heaven. I feel that her advice to us would be -- more singing! more dancing!
April 15, 2012
I was blessed to meet and enjoy the sweet spirit of this lovely lady and saw her in November while visiting in Seattle. she will be missed but always remembered and loved. We spent many times together when I lived there.
April 13, 2012
I had the very enjoyable experience of working with Grace for seven years in a program that assisted homeless families. I willl always remember Grace for her generous spirit, her compassion for those suffering the hardships of homelessness, her love of children, and her unforgettable laugh. She enriched the lives of all of us who worked with her. My condolences to her family during this difficult time.
Mary Ann Legaz
April 13, 2012
Grace and I worked together for about 4 years helping the homeless. Grace had a special quality of finding the best in others, and even in difficult situations could find something to laugh about that would bring a smile to your face. She loved her son and he was the joy of her life. She had a strong faith that kept her strong and I will always remember with delight her laugh that was pure and joyous.
April 12, 2012
Grace, you are loved! You are a wonderful person. We will remember you in our prayers. And please put a good word in for us when you are dancing in the Abha Kingdom! No more suffering! with love, Littlebrave
April 12, 2012
Grace and I worked together for over a year at Denny Center, she was a very special person who helped a lot of people and will be very missed. I always appreciated her compassion and kindness to the homeless families we worked with and to staff, she helped me to feel welcome at a new office and I appreciated that so much. My thoughts are with Abbas who she spoke of often. Sara Holbrook, Seattle, WA
April 11, 2012
Grace and I worked together in the same office for five years, helping the homeless. She brought much-needed joy and laughter to our office, despite the difficult circumstances our clients faced, and was such a loving, kind, and caring woman to clients and coworkers alike. I learned a great deal from her wonderful spirit and she truly embodied her name. My sincerest condolences to her family and family of friends, she spoke of you so often and of her tremendous love for you all and the joy you brought her. You are in my thoughts at this time...
April 11, 2012
Always remembered & Always loved. Her laughter could forever lift us from sadness. Our love and prayers are with you Abbas
Jenni & kids
April 9, 2012
I met Grace and Marie in Astoria (Tongue Point) in those 60's days. I was a Bahai young youth attending a children's conference in Astoria, OR, and one of our trips was out to TP to meet these people whom had just become Bahai. They both made an impression on me. I lost track of them over the years, In 1988 I reconnected with Grace, when I moved to Renton, and would go to Edmonds/Lynnwood for Bahai Functions on the weekends, or was invited to a mutual friends house. She was always so loving, and kind, and was a great person to talk to. always had something to say, and to educated me on something. Her hugs were not taken lightly, and were welcomed. She just smooshed you in that special way of hers.
She will be missed. I will miss her. One always figure that the friend you met down the road wil be there, while our lives separate and only cross on occasion for the furture. Grace was taken far too soon, I will miss her, deeply and dearly. You will be missed, Grace.