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Grace M. Mackerman

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 12:04 p.m. CST

Grace M. (Gifford) Mackerman, 93, of Newton passed away Thursday evening, Jan. 24, 2013, at Careage of Newton.

A funeral service for Grace, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Newton Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are being designated in Grace’s name to Skiff Hospice or Pleasant View United Methodist Church and may be left at the funeral home.

Grace, the daughter of Henry D. and Marie (Scarbrough) Gifford, was born Dec. 23, 1919, rural Killduff. She attended rural schools in Elk Creek and Buena Vista Townships, graduating from Newton Senior High School, Class of 1938. She went on to Normal Training, and taught school for several years.

On Sept. 6, 1941, Grace was united in marriage with Fred L. Mackerman in Bethany, Missouri. She had devoted her life to her family and friends, and attended Pleasant View United Methodist Church, rural Newton. Grace will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, needlepoint and later rubber stamping.

Those left to honor Grace’s memory include her three children, daughter Karla S. (Terry) Collins of Newton and sons Francis L. “Mack” (Mary) Mackerman of San Tan Valley, Ariz., and Richard H. (Sue Revell) Mackerman of Reasnor; daughter-in-law Ila Mackerman of Chandler, Ariz.; her seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; her sister, Wyonne Sylvester of Lake Wood, Colo.; brothers Clinton Gifford of Kellogg and Vernon Gifford of Berger, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and her many friends.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred, on Nov. 1, 1994; a granddaughter in infancy; her son, Frederick L. Mackerman; daughter-in-law Nancy Mackerman; and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jessie and Orville Murphy, Valeta and Wayne Van Dalen and Virginia and Keith Kleinendorst.

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