NORRIS, Grace Hunter Alton
of Qualicum Beach, BC
1921 – 2007
Grace was born in Hamilton, Scotland on December 27, 1921 and grew up in nearby Uddingston. She trained and was employed as a shorthand typist in the city of Glasgow. During WWII, she joined the Women’s Army and became a signaler, sending military top secret information from Churchhill’s deep bunker to North Africa.
Grace and Michael met in 1944 and were married on August 17th, 1945. They moved to Canada in 1953 and raised three children; Linda, David and Sheila. They have five grandchildren, Trevor, Melanie (deceased), Devin, Brynn and Hayley.
Grace was a stay-at-home mom and worked as a secretary and a travel advisor on a casual basis after the children grew up. She enjoyed particularly painting, swimming, gardening and holidaying abroad with Michael.
The family has been retired in Qualicum Beach for twenty one years after sojourns in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta. Except for the last four years of accident related illness, Grace has had a full and happy life and she loved her family.
The family with close friends held a celebration of life memorial service for Grace at St. Columbia Presbyterian Church, Parksville on Sat Feb. 3rd, 2007 at 11:00 am
Donations in Grace’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon – or to any other worthy charity.
Grace was a brave and courageous wife and mother who strived to live and share life with her family at the cost of her own comfort and well being.
(“May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent – one from another”)