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Grace Marie Ringham


<p> Grace Marie Ringham (ne&eacute; Edye) passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Roseview Manor on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.<br /> <br /> Grace was born in Sioux Lookout, Ont., the fourth of six children born to Anna and Patrick Edye.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The family home was on Ethel Street, on the shores of Pelican Lake.&nbsp; Grace trained and worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in the early &#39;40s, and returned to Sioux Lookout where she nursed from 1947-49.&nbsp; She met Lewis, a recent graduate from the U. of T. Forestry program, working for the Dep&#39;t of Lands and Forests, in 1948.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> They married just over a year later and moved to Kenora to start their life together.&nbsp; Their 64-year journey took them to Cochrane, Toronto, Port Arthur, Bracebridge and Thunder Bay and along the way they made many lasting friendships.&nbsp; Grace helped organize an annual L&amp;F/MNR retiree&#39;s picnic which continued to cultivate those relationships.<br /> <br /> Over the years, Grace developed a variety of interests which she maintained throughout her life.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Her father, Pat, had been a fireman with CN in the steam era, which undoubtedly contributed to Grace&#39;s abiding love for trains, and train songs (The Wreck of the Old 97 comes to mind).&nbsp; She enjoyed music and singing.&nbsp; She loved art, particularly oil painting, and always had a camera ready to capture new images.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She belonged to the Bracebridge Brown Baggers art group, and continued to travel around Muskoka, to take workshops and classes and to exhibit paintings well into her seventies.&nbsp; She had a soft spot for the disadvantaged, whether they were college students needing a home-cooked meal, or Vietnamese immigrants searching for a new life in Canada, and she continued to connect with them decades later.&nbsp; She was honoured by the Ontario Hospital Association for 20-plus years of volunteering at the Bracebridge hospital.<br /> <br /> She sponsored a number of children overseas.&nbsp;&nbsp; She loved babies, wherever she encountered them.&nbsp; On being introduced to her first great-grandchild Henry in 2013, and already in the latter stages of dementia, she shed a few tears, smiled and said very clearly &quot;I&#39;ve waited a long time for this&quot;.<br /> <br /> Grace was predeceased by her parents Anna and Patrick; brother Warren and sister Dorothy and firstborn son Brian.&nbsp; She is survived by her husband Lewis; son Bill (Nancy) of Thunder Bay; daughter Barbara (Robert) of Port Moody BC; granddaughters Amanda Ringham (Revelstoke), Casey (Rob) Jagosky (Huntsville) and Kira Urquhart (Port Moody); brother Gordon Edye (Winnipeg), and sisters Patricia Edye (Sioux Lookout) and Marion (Con) Gould (Dryden).<br /> <br /> Funeral services for the late Grace Ringham will be held on Monday, March 10th at 11 a.m. at Sargent and Son Funeral Home with the Reverend Nancy Ringham officiating.&nbsp;</p> <p> A spring interment will follow in Sioux Lookout at a date to be determined.&nbsp; Visitation for family and friends will be held at Sargent and Son from 10 to 11 a.m. preceding the service, and a light luncheon will follow.<br /> <br /> The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the compassionate, professional support of the nursing and care staff at Roseview Manor and at Isabella Retirement Living.&nbsp; In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer&#39;s Society of Thunder Bay or the charity of your choice.&nbsp;</p> <p> Online condolences may be made at:&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>

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