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GRACE STEPHEN With the same grace and dignity that exemplified her life, Grace Stephen, widow of George, passed away peacefully at the Golden Door Geriatric Centre on September 26, 2003. Grace married George on May 15, 1943 and they are survived by; sons, Allan (Sheryl) of Winnipeg and Douglas (Maureen) of Mississauga; and grandchildren, Jeffrey, Craig, Allison, Karen, Keith and Diane. Grace was born in Souris, MB in 1919, the eldest daughter of James and Doris Murphy. She was predeceased by her sister Frances Thompson; and brother Stanley Murphy; and leaves to mourn her, sisters, Isabel Harman, Jean French, Eileen Pennycook; and her brother Jim Murphy; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Grace received most of her education in Souris and learned to swim off the Swinging Bridge. In 1936, Grace moved to Winnipeg and worked at Kresges. She joined the Kildonan Canoe Club and enjoyed success in the paddling competitions. Grace was introduced to George and the Stephen family via her brother Stans relationship with Jessie Stephen and the social activities of the St. Andrews United Church Young Peoples Group. This sociable group also met at the Stephen cottage in Gimli for summer fun. Grace gave birth to Allan on their first wedding anniversary at Rivers, MB where George was stationed with the R.C.A.F. The family then moved to Air Force quarters on Ellice Avenue and Ferry Road in 1945. Grace began curling at the old Deer Lodge club. They moved to Portage and Arlington in 1951 when Douglas was born and Grace became involved with the nearby Valour Road Curling Club. Here she enjoyed many years of curling with many of her friends in the Valour Road Ladies league. Grace loved her cottage at Gimli where summers were spent with her extensive family. George and Grace moved to a new house in Southdale in 1972 in order to be close to the family. Grace became an enthusiastic ceramics creator and many of her works are on display in relatives and friends homes. George and Grace enjoyed their dancing at Paws N Taws Square Dance Club and Babas Round Dance. They were members of Windsor Park United Church after moving from Home Street United Church. A special thanks to all of the staff at the Golden Door for all of the care and compassion they have given to Grace for 27 months. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Grace Stephen will be held on Thursday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 29, 2003
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