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Grace Marie (Stewart) Dennis

September 12, 1915 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 102)

      On Wednesday evening (January 3, 2018) there was a heavenly reunion of family and friends to welcome their loved one home.

      Grace Marie (Stewart) Dennis 102, of Frontenac, Kansas, formerly of Quincy passed away at 4:54 pm Wednesday (January 3, 2018) in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

      Grace was born on September 12, 1915 in a tent on the company farm near Decker, Indiana. She was the only child of James W. and Mary E. Frederick Stewart. She married Marion Rodrick on May 26, 1946. She then married Benjamin Barrett on October 14, 1933 in Lawrenceville, Illinois. She later married Lyle Dennis.

      Grace attended school in Vincennes, Indiana and was a member of the South Side Presbyterian Church. She later became a member of the Independent Bible Baptist Church after moving from Illinois to Pittsburg, Kansas. Grace enjoyed life, adventure, writing poetry and short stories, gardening, crafts, singing and listening to Gospel music. Above all else, she was passionate about leading others to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. She often said "I pray the light of Jesus that shines in my eyes for all to see, will never go out."

     Grace led the seventeen member kitchen band "Our Gang" in Pittsburg, Kansas for six years before her health caused her to quit. The band traveled to nursing homes and senior centers putting on skits, singing and playing music on their homemade instruments.

      Grace had been employed at various jobs including the Buster Brown Shoe Factory in Pittsfield, Illinois, Pomeroys Paper Box Company and the Parachute Factory.

      Survivors include a son, James Donald Rodrick (Carla)  Walnut Creek, CA; three daughters, Ruth Joan Hanlin of Quincy, Barbara Jean "B.J." Payne (John) of Plainville and Brenda Jayne Buckley (David) of Pittsburg, KS. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren and three great great great grandchildren.

      Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her three husbands, Marion Rodrick, Benjamin Barrett and Lyle Dennis, her son Robert Paul Barrett and her son-in-law James Hanlin.

      Grace was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved helping others. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and everyone that knew her.    

      Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with pastor Mike McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Vincennes Memorial Park in Vincennes, Indiana.

      Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 5:00 and Monday afternoon from 1:00 until the time of services at the Funeral Home.

      Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association Central Illinois Chapter.

      Arrangements are in the care of the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.
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