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Evelyn Grace

August 24, 1961 — May 23, 2016

Gridley-Evelyn Joyce Grace, 91, of Gridley passed away at 9:17 am on Monday, May 23, 2016 at her home.

She was born on August 4, 1924 in Collinsville, IL a daughter of Ralph and Elsie Benedict Cornwell. She married Melvin Grace on June 25, 1946 in Petersburg, VA. He passed away on May 9, 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Melvin (Ruth) Grace, Jr.; William (Jowanda) Grace both of Gridley; eleven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother, and three daughters, Mary Jane Caufield; DiAnne Bullard-Turner; Shirley Self; one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter.

Evelyn served with the Navy Waves during WW II. She was a member of the Gridley American Legion and Legion Auxiliary. She had worked many years as a clerk and assistant postmaster for the US Postal Service and also at State Farm.

She was a member of Christ Community Church where funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Rev. Andy Huette will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5-8 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso and one hour prior to services on Saturday at her church. Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Gridley American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to


MAY 27. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738-1561

Funeral Service

MAY 28. 10:30 AM (CDT)

Christ Community Church
Gridley, IL

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