lived across the street from the East Village Methodist Meetinghouse where she
was a lay leader and Sunday School teacher.
As a child she
walked across the street to go to school at the East Village - Barn Hill schoolhouse.
After 8th grade she went to Shelton High School along with the minister's son, who drove the horse and wagon in good weather.
During the week in the winter, Grace
lived at "Mother Ruffles Boarding House" in Shelton
, and returned home on the weekends.
She went on to graduate from Danbury Normal School.
At 21, Grace was the youngest member of the Monroe Board of Education and served for 35 years, with 25 years as Chairman of the Board.
Occasionally, she would work as a substitute teacher in the one- room schoolhouses.
husband Mickey raised three children.
was a Girl Scout leader, a 4 -H leader, a member of Maids
, and The League of Women's Voters
Serving the community continues to this day in her