Ms Grace Maebeth Ewert (nee Jenner) died peacefully on October 1, 2019, in Loveland, Colorado, at the age of 97 years and 6 months (to the day).
Grace is survived by her children; daughters Ellen Ewert of Loveland and Carolyn Ewert Derr (husband Douglass Derr) of Colorado Springs, son Charles ‘Chip’ Ewert (wife Kathy Amos Ewert) of Loveland, 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Verdon ‘Stoney’ Ewert, her parents, and 10 siblings.
Grace was born on April 1, 1922, in Sutherlin, Iowa, to Frank Jenner and Augusta (Jaeger) Jenner, the youngest of 11 children. She grew up in Pipestone, Minnesota, graduating from high school there in 1937. After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and studied secretarial skills at Dunwoody Institute. Through mutual friends, she met Stoney, who was studying drafting at Dunwoody. They married on August 1, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The young couple moved to the East Bay Area of California in 1945, settling in Hayward, California, and there welcomed their three children over the next 7 yrs.
Grace was accomplished at shorthand, typing, and other clerical work that utilized her organizational skills and attention to detail. She held many jobs until taking time to become a housewife and mother. She returned to the work force after all her children were school age, working for a school district in nearby San Lorenzo, California. She was active in the Methodist Church, being secretary and bookkeeper for the parsonage. She was also active in the Methodist Women’s Circle, the local PTA, and the Brownies and Scouts programs.
In 1971, Grace and Stoney, moved to San Luis Obispo, California, where their two younger children, Carolyn and Chip, were attending school at California Polytechnic State University. Not one to be content with idleness, she took a job at Cal Poly and worked there until her retirement in 1986.
After Stoney’s death in 1986, she traveled with a local senior group nationally and internationally for over 10 years. Then she volunteered for Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, again in the office, for another 10 yrs. For her tireless work with the hospice organization, racking up over 1800 hours, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year in San Luis Obispo County, California, and, also, received statewide recognition in the same category.
Grace’s final move was to Loveland, Colorado, in 2016, where she lived at The Wexford, a retirement community, where she loved the staff and made many friends.
Grace was personable, friendly, charitable, and had a great sense of humor. She was also strong, fiercely independent with a curious mind and an adventurous soul. She made lifelong friends in all her work, travels, and associations. She was valued as a friend, employee, volunteer, and, of course, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Some of her great grandchildren nicknamed her G3 for Great Grandma Grace. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Per her wishes, there will be no services. Her family will accompany her cremains to Los Osos, California, in the spring of 2020 where she will be inurned next to her husband in Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. Her family wishes to thank all the staff at The Wexford, North Shore Health and Rehab, and Pathways Hospice Care for their wonderful, thoughtful, and loving care from the day she moved in to the Wexford to the day she left us.
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