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Born: Mar 29, 1920

Date of Passing: May 20, 2012

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GRACE (YOSHIKO) GRANGER March 29, 1920 - May 20, 2012 Peacefully at 6:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012, Grace Granger died in the palliative care unit at the St. Boniface Hospital. The family thanks the staff for their kind care and words of comfort. Grace is survived by her sisters Sue Teramura and Pat Ariza and her very close family of Joy, Ruth and Ralph Ooto, Diane Ooto and Jerry Stubbs, along with Diane and Jerry's daughters Laurelle and Karlene, to whom she was like a grandmother, and numerous other loving nieces and nephews. Grace was predeceased by her husband Fred, parents Mankichi Eyemoto and Haruyo Muramoto, sisters Fumiye Eyemoto, Haruko Ooto, Jackie Keates, Bunny Nagamori and brothers Shinichi, Shigeru and Harry Eyemoto. She was also predeceased by a sister Sayono and an unnamed brother, both of whom died in infancy. Auntie Grace was born on March 29, 1920, in Pitt Meadows, B.C., the daughter of pioneer fruit growers in the Fraser Valley. During the 1942 internment of Japanese Canadian citizens, they were displaced from their family home and relocated to Manitoba, where the family was put to work as farm labourers south of Winnipeg. When her parents and many of her siblings were tearfully repatriated to Iwakuni, Japan in 1946, Grace and sister Haruko remained in Canada. Together they arranged for the return of their brothers and sisters after both of their parents died of a broken-heart in a strange land. For this their family will always be grateful. Auntie Grace worked for Joliette and Sterling Stall, retiring at age 65 to her house in Fort Garry. A gentle, sweet, lady, (despite being determined and strong willed), she was very much loved and respected by all who knew her and especially by her nieces and nephews; she never wanted anyone to fuss over her. If you knew loved her. In lieu of flowers and Kodin, donations may be made to the M.J.C.C.C. on 180 McPhillips St., or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place. The family will hold a Service of Remembrance at the Japanese Cultural Centre on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. For online condolences, more information or to light a memorial candle please log onto 1839 Inkster Blvd. 275-5555

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 02, 2012

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My heartfelt condolences to Grace's family and friends. I had the privilege of visiting the Ootto family in Winnipeg during the summer of 1992. I was fortunate to have met and spent time with Grace during my stay. To this day, I reflect warmly on my time with her. She possessed such an overwhelming level of kindness and compassion. She made a great trip that much more enjoyable. She was truly a wonderful, dignified and special person. I am grateful to have had the chance to spend this time with her. - Posted by: Josh Handley (Walker) (Friend) on: Aug 02, 2012

  • I would like to pass on my condolences to the family and share that "Mrs. Granger" was a delightful, respected and loving nieghbor, always with a smile and hello on her lips as she was working around in her yard in spring, summer and fall and shoveling her snow in the winter, what an inspirational, wonderful,strong woman she was and she will be sadly missed in our neighborhood. - Posted by: Danielle (Neighbor ) on: Jun 08, 2012

  • Once more sweet & warm memories come flooding back at this sad time. Grace shared our home in Winnipeg at a time of great stress for her & for her family. She was a "sister" who gently gave me & my two younger sisters wise advice & guidance. Her presence was an inspiration. As she came shyly into our lives she brought a growing sense of warmth & love to our ALL. Grace & I would often slip away to a Friday night movie at the Uptown Theatre on Academy Road. We graduated to take the streetcar downtown for a movie, my "Buddy" & confidante! She added a happiness to our lives when no doubt she was terribly lonely for her family. She NEVER complained nor did she say anything negative about what had happened to her family. How lucky I (we) were to be with Grace as part of our family. How lucky I am to have known & spent quality time with Grace! Always too late for regrets but sadly I lost touch with Grace as life swept each of us in different directions. My deep regret, I would tell Grace what a difference in my life was made by her sharing her life with us...what fine values she imparted & which I like to think, she instilled in me (us). For those of us remaining behind, please tell those you love & respect just how important they are in your life ... tell them before you lose that precious chance. ....And to her family ... how fortunate you are to have had Grace in your lives where she will always remain "at your side" & in your heart ... & mine too ! - Posted by: Ted Simonite (grateful friend) on: Jun 06, 2012

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