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Grace Verrall
February 9, 1941 - May 5, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">Grace Elizabeth Verrall, beloved wife of Ronald Ernest Verrall of Saskatoon, passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital on May 5, 2017 at the age of 76 years. She was the loving mother of John (Lori, grandchildren Ben and Hannah) and Tanya (John) and friend to her sister-in-law, Irene. She was predeceased by her father B.I.M. Strong and her mother Myrtle Strong, along with several other immediate relatives.<br><br>Grace was born in Truro, Nova Scotia where her father was stationed prior to serving in WW II but spent her formative childhood and early teenage years exploring the beauty and wonder of nature in Waskesiu, Banff and Jasper as she followed her father who was in the service of the National Parks of Canada. It was during a transfer for her father to Ottawa that she met the love of her life, Ronald. Grace and Ronald were married on May 20, 1961. The early parts of their life together were spent in Ottawa and Pittsburgh, where Ronald was earning a Ph. D. in Chemistry and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry. Son John was born in 1965 and Grace suggested that a move back west was in order. Ronald accepted a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968 and the family moved to Saskatoon. Daughter Tanya was born in 1969. It was in Saskatoon that Grace lived her life although there were temporary sabbatical stops in Minneapolis, MN; Strasbourg, France and Stockholm, Sweden.<br><br>Grace was a loving wife, amazing mother, nurturing grandmother and good friend. She was a wonderful listener and shared advice as well as a laugh or two. Grace developed many close friendships with the “Mount Allison” group of neighbors over the years and there were many indoor and outdoor gatherings and parties shared by all. She loved entertaining and was well known for her superb dinner parties. Grace’s love of travel took her and Ronald through North America, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and the Middle East. Through her travels her network of friends rapidly expanded. Ultimately, her favourite place to be was with family and friends in Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park. Many summers were spent there and included the annual Paignton Beach Wiener Roast and Picnic. Grace loved the outdoors and was an avid bird watcher and gardener. She loved cooking and looking up the next great recipe. More recently she loved the time spent with her friends in her needlework and art history groups. Grace had a strong love of animals including cats, dogs and a horse she rode as a teenager.<br><br>The family would like to thank all the treating physicians, nurses and health care workers at St. Paul’s Hospital. We would like to especially thank Dr. Mark Boechler, her family physician, for his care and compassion with mom. <br><br>A celebration of Grace’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donation be made in Grace’s memory to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation; Palliative Care and Hospice Services or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Lisa Bos, Hillcrest Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. <br><br>Forever loved and always remembered.<br></div>