Grace Eileen Loper

October 24, 1929February 5, 2019

Loper, Grace 89 of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on February 5, 2019. She was born in Hamburg, Alabama on October 24, 1929. Grace spent her career working for Maricopa County as a Human Resources personnel analyst. She enjoyed attending First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale. She and her husband of 55 years, Bud, enjoyed camping, fishing and Square Dancing. Bud proceeded her and passed in 2005. Grace is survived by her sister Emogene, son Steven, grandson Nicholas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at Noon, with a reception following, at Green Acres Mortuary 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ.


2 March

Funeral Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Green Acres Chapel of Light

401 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

2 March


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Green Acres Hospitality Room

401 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257


Grace Eileen Loper

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Phyllis Merryman-Cloyd

February 6, 2019

Growing up in Rockford

Grace and I first met in 1943 when my family moved to a home on the southeast side of Rockford, IL. Grace and I were classmates in the 8th grade at Morris Kennedy School. We weren’t close neighbors but managed to maintain a close friendship through phone calls and occasional sleep-overs.

We weren’t old enough to date boys when we first met. So quite often on the weekend, we would take a bus to downtown Rockford to see a movie at the Coronado -- and stop somewhere for a coke or ice cream. During the summers, we liked to go swimming at the 10th Avenue pool.

After graduation from East High we didn’t see each other often, but still chatted frequently on the phone. And I remember a postcard from Grace the summer she vacationed in Mobile, AL. She was so excited to tell me she met a cute guy that she liked a lot. That cute guy was Bud Loper. I married first, but Grace was married shortly after. Soon after Grace’s wedding I moved to California. Over the years, Grace and I kept in touch with an annual Christmas card.

The first time we met after many long years was at our East High 55th class reunion in 2003. I was seated with a different group of friends and Grace found me. I don’t remember if I recognized her, but she knew me. And after the “kiss and cry,” she gave me a special token of our friendship – a snapshot I had never seen of the two of us – probably taken the summer of 1946 when I was 15 and Grace 16. She had one remark about the picture – she envied my midriff dress (my mother made my clothes).

Grace and I met again at our 60th class reunion in 2008. We enjoyed chatting about our families and all the years gone by. Since then, we were hopeful we could get together again, but we didn’t make it. She was such a good friend and I have so many fond memories of the fun we had growing up in Rockford. I was so sorry to learn that she has passed away. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Photo: Grace on right