GRACE NIELSEN

It is with great sorrow that the family of Grace Nielsen announce her peaceful passing on, Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the age of 100 at Summerland Extended Care, Dr. Andrew Pavilion. Grace Ellenor Nielsen was born on July 25, 1912, at Radisson, Saskatchewan, to John and Eliza Mitchell. She was the second child in a family of seven. After Grade 8 she remained at home helping to cook and sew for her brothers and sisters. She married Axel Theodore Nielsen on November 27, 1933. She and Axel farmed through those tough years until 1945, when they moved to a poultry farm at Saskatoon on Preston Avenue two blocks from Eighth Street, where Grace gathered, candled and packed eggs for awhile until her parents and brother Elwood bought them out. Grace and Axel moved into southeast Nutana, and Grace substituted washboard and tub, churning butter and baking bread for a washing machine and store bought bread and butter. Axel constructed buildings. When her children were older Grace was very active at Bethel United Church where she was President of the W.A. for a number of years. In 1962 Axel and Grace moved to Esterhazy for a few months before taking ownership of the Melsask Motel from 1963 until 1972, with Grace as an enthusiastic manager, Wendy as a part-time switchboard operator, and Axel back building houses. In the spring of 1987 Grace followed Harry and Wendy to Penticton/Summerland shortly after Axel passed away. Grace enjoyed her years in a condominium in Penticton. She had spectacular success growing flowers, and rested while watching her stories on T.V. In 2000 she moved to Angus Place in Summerland where she concentrated on basic living and making lunch for the Sunday evening hymn sing. In March 2006 she went to assisted living in Summerland Seniors Village. These were all new facilities, which she was used to. She moved at least 20 times in her lifetime, many times into new houses built by Axel. In July 2007, after a three-week stay in Penticton Hospital, Grace moved to the Dr. Andrew Pavilion, an extended care unit in Summerland. Grace was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 54 years, Axel; her daughter, Ellenor; her sons, Vern and Garry; a great grandson, Dawson Sturm; and by her brothers and sisters and their spouses: Melville, James (Ruth), Lila (Jack) Baldry, Doris (Wilf) Hunt (friend, Stu Winey), and Vernon (Lee). Grace is survived by her daughters, Cicely (Vic) Althouse and Wendy (Harry) Kwok; daughters-in-law, Sonia and Bev; 10 grandchildren, Linda, Douglas, Dale, Kurt, Karen, Michael, Lindsay, Cydney, Jeremy and Chanel, and 13 great grandchildren; her brother Elwood (Jenny); numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends Pat and Robbie Roberts. Grace’s family would like to thank all the wonderful care givers who contributed to her comfort through the years. A very special thank you to all the staff at Dr. Andew Pavilion, with whom Grace had a very unique bond! If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Grace’s name to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. 104-35 Westminster Ave. E., Penticton, B.C. V2A 1H7 Grace’s ashes will be buried in Borden, Saskatchewan, alongside her husband and daughter; during a small ceremony this summer.