OBITUARY

Grace Minnie Clemenson

July 3, 1916March 19, 2014
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Grace Minnie Johnston was born in Bemidji, Minnesota on July 3, 1916 to the parents of George and Mary Johnston. The family log cabin home was at Norden, Minnesota. When Grace was three years old they moved to the Shotley Community on red Lake. Grace attended school at The Shotley Brook School. In 1931 when Grace was fourteen years old she went to Minneapolis for further education. After graduating from high school she attended the University of Minnesota for a short time. On August 31, 1938 she was united in marriage to Gerhart Cornelius Clemenson. In February of 1941 a baby girl was born and died at birth, Kathleen Rae Clemenson was buried in the Gonvick, Minnesota Cemetery. In the spring of 1941, Grace and Gerhart moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Gerhart worked for LaPlante Choate. The lived here for several years. Gary, Vern and JoAnn were born while they lived here. In 1949, Gerhart moved his family to Marion, where Gerhart became a member of the Marion Police Force. It was here that John was born on February 14, 1951. Several years later, Mavis Jacobson joined our family to make us now a family of seven. These were busy years for Grace. She was a busy housewife, sewing, baking, cooking, gardening and canning. The years flew by. In the spring of 1967, Gerhart suffered a heart attack and was never able to work again. He received an award of achievement for outstanding service to his community. It was then that Grace and Gerhart began plans to move to the state of Washington. On February 12, 1974 they arrived in Spokane to a little house on 12th Street. On March 5, 1974, Gerhart died of a massive heart attack. Grace stayed on in Spokane. She worked six years as a cook in a nursing home and several years as a nanny in two separate homes. She also found time to take up several church projects, becoming the leader of children’s departments, investment leader, Sabbath School Superintendant and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, helping to build a new church in Otis Orchards. Grace spent several years writing her life story for her grandchildren, titled “Grandmother’s Stories”. Grace passed away on March 19, 2014 in Sprague, Washington. She was preceded in death recently by her daughter, JoAnn Clemenson. Grace is survived by three sons and their spouses, Gary and Sharon (Wood) of Spokane, WA, John and Joy (Wallman) of Littleton, CO, and Vern and Judy (Lilienthal) of Gold Canyon, AZ; a special niece and her spouse, Mavis Dickerson and Ed of Garrison, Iowa; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 4, 2014
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Grace Minnie Clemenson

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MICHELLE SNYDER

April 17, 2014

You couldn't "special order" a better Grandma, she was all the things you can think and dream of when you hear the word Grandma. She was patient, kind, understanding, wise, and most of all she was my rock. We will all miss her. Here is a poem that I feel touches a few of her qualities:
WE LITTLE KNEW THAT MORNING, GOD WOULD CALL YOUR NAME. IN LIFE WE LOVED YOU DEARLY, IN DEATH, WE DO THE SAME. IT BROKE OUR HEARTS TO LOOSE YOU, YOU DID NOT GO ALONE. FOR PART OF US WENT WITH YOU THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME. YOU LEFT US BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES, YOUR LOVE IS STILL OUR GUIDE AND THOUGH WE CAN NOT SEE YOU, YOU ARE ALWAYS AT OUR SIDE. OUR FAMILY CHAIN IS BROKEN AND NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME ,BUT AS GOD CALLS US ONE BY ONE, THE CHAIN WILL LINK AGAIN. I FOUND THIS ON THE NET TODAY AND WANTED TO SHARE IT.

Sandy Jordan

April 3, 2014

Grace was a very special lady; one could fill a book about all the wonderful things about her. My most special memory of her is that she is responsible for beginning my journey to God, years ago, as a teen. What a wonderful testimony for God's love she was.
May your hearts be filled and blessed with all the wonderful memories you have of her... you are all in my prayers.

John Lange

March 30, 2014

There was always something going on in the kitchen in the old house in Marion and Grace did her best,smiling and laughing as she kept the crew on the straight and narrow-never an easy task.I imagine she is just as busy now and just as happy!

Ann Jordan

March 29, 2014

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Gera Clemenson

March 29, 2014

One of the greatest bessings I have ever received in my life was having Grandma live with us the last six months. She changed me, and I miss her terribly. Our home seems so empty now. I know she is happy with Jesus in Heaven, and I know we will see her again. What a strong amazing woman. I love her so much. Love, Gera

Brenda Clemenson Nee

March 27, 2014

So many great memories with Grandma Clemenson. She was an amazing woman who always stood strong for what she believed in....She was the matriarch of the family and kept us strong. Without the prayers of our Grandmother, life would not be as we know it today. I love you Grandma!!!

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Grandpa Champ

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Grace's mother, Mary