Grace Elaine (Young) Strand, born on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1926 in Warren, Pennsylvania, passed away in Lakeland, Florida on January 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family including her devoted husband of 67 years Richard A. Strand formerly of Ridgway, Pennsylvania and Trumbull, Connecticut.

Grace, the daughter of the late George and Ivah Young always held family and friends; faith and church; music and singing closest to her heart. She graduated from Warren High School in 1944 and attended Edinboro State Teacher’s College. After taking care of her beloved family and friends, she was always one to volunteer unselfishly in an effort to make life simpler for others.

Grace worked as a librarian and bank teller and served as choir director and treasurer for Long Hill United Methodist Church in Trumbull, CT. She was an amazing seamstress and also mastered knitting, calligraphy and other hand crafts.

She leaves behind her daughter, Kathy Pancoast and her husband Richard of Stratford, Connecticut, daughter, Vickie Duprey and her husband James of Oro Valley, Arizona, and son, Gary and his wife Donna of Derwood, Maryland. Grama will be missed by her six grandchildren, Ryan & wife Shelly, Sara, Bob & wife Leanna, Alyssa, Jessica and Robert and one great grandchild, Noah.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Meredith and Gladys.

A memorial service will be held in Ridgway, Pennsylvania in late spring.

Memorial donations in the name of Grace Strand can be made to the Loving Care Endowment at Florida Presbyterian Homes, 16 Lake Hunter Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803.