Obituary of Grace Bernice Brown
BROWN - Grace
Grace Bernice Johnson was born on May 31, 1941, to Ruby and Olaf Johnson in the Ordale District of Saskatchewan. She had thirteen siblings and absolutely loved them all. She was raised in a home of strong Christian faith.
Mom met Dad, Carrol Brown, and they were married on Nov 29th, 1958. They resided in Cameo, Saskatchewan and within a couple of years had their first child, Valerie. Beverly was born the following year. Six years later Merv came along, and another six years later, along came Juliane. After her, the family was complete.
Along with her children and their families, Mom loved her sons-in-law Claude, Donny, and Dion. She felt they were her own boys but would refer to them as her great friends. At the time of her death, she had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and she had a special place in her heart for each of them. The grandchildren have thousands of stories about spending time with Grandma, as she doted on them and actively knew what was going on in their lives.
Mom loved her garden. She picked raspberries for fun, and her family and friends loved to join her in the berry patch where so much lighthearted visiting took place. She also loved to arrange her treasured antiques around her yard and plant flowers among them. Her flowers were so beautiful, we feel because she said she talked to them every day.
In the late fall of this year, Mom was diagnosed with glioblastoma, and her health deteriorated very rapidly. It was at this time that our mother displayed the power of her Christian faith. She embraced her fate with pure acceptance and grace, and her Peace was calming to all those who loved her. She explained to us that she was on God’s time and that she would see each of us in Heaven again one day. All her children, their spouses, and sixteen grandchildren worked together so that Mom could pass away peacefully in her home. She prayed over all of us and with her loving smile said, “We sure had fun.”
When we got her well-worn Bible out to take a picture for the back cover of the memorial card, we found a paper with her writing inside. It was so fitting that Mom would write this:
Lord, when doubt fills my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and remind me of hope and cheer. He is my rock where I can hide.
Tootle Doo Mom. See you in Heaven.
Sadly, Mrs. Grace Bernice Brown passed away peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, December 28th, 2022, at the age of 81 years.
Grace is lovingly survived by her children: Valerie Robin and her children:
Jennifer (Grant) Thiel and their children: Breck, Dalen, Elayna, Leanna, and Gemma; Jaime (Mike) Partyka and their children: Trey, Thane, and Aline; Bev (Don) Nikolaisen and their children: Bailey and Shaye (Braeden Kugler); Merv Brown and his children: Shelby (Danny) Hugie and Colby (Hillary); Juliane (Dion) Lamontagne and their children: Graham, Dustin, and Ember; her siblings: Kate Gabrielle, Shirley (Al) Larsen, William (Connie) Johnson, Clarence (Dawn) Johnson, Aaron (Arlene) Johnson;
and her brother-in-law: Garnet (Shirley) Brown.
Grace was predeceased by her husband of 58 years: Carrol Brown; her parents: Olaf and Ruby Johnson; her parents-in-law: Bert and Gladys Brown; her son-in-law: Claude Robin; her siblings and spouses: Annie and Gunner Rask, Margaret and Marvin Agrey, Ida and Frank Peake, Eileen and Mike Krgovich, Les Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Dorothy Johnson, Marvin Johnson, and Andre Gabrielle; her sister-in-law and spouse: Bernice and Ole Anderson; her niece: Gwen Anderson.
There was a private family Memorial Service that took place at the Parkside Immanuel Lutheran Church.
The family wishes to invite everyone to Grace's Graveside Service taking place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Parkside Cemetery followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship at the Cameo Hall.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home & Crematorium, Lynn Anderson & Tammy Smart, Funeral Directors, Shellbrook, SK. 306-747-2828.
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