Grace Alice Kine blessed this world for 94 years before she passed away peacefully on February 13, 2023, surrounded by her family.
The third oldest of 12 boisterous children born to Alice and Bill Bradwell on August 1, 1928 in Macklin, Saskatchewan. Grace will always be fondly remembered as a kind and fun-loving daughter, sister, wife, mom, aunt, grandma, great-grandma and friend to all.
Growing up in Macklin she met her beloved husband, Rex, whom she married on December 9, 1947 and enjoyed 55 years together. They farmed in the North End community and raised their three daughters on the farm. It was a hard life being a farmer’s wife in those days, helping with all aspects of the farm, making meals, raising chickens and turkeys, tending to huge gardens, all the while not having the modern day conveniences we all enjoy now. Despite it all, and with Grace’s hard work, their little farmhouse was filled with love and laughter. Many toboggan parties were hosted at the Kine farm with hearty stew and delicious buns served until bellies were full. New adventures called them to Lloydminster, Alberta in 1971 where Grace excelled as a Recreational Director at Dr.Cook’s Nursing Home, before ultimately returning to Macklin decades later.
She lived her life in service to others and was an exemplary role model for her three daughters, Diana (Bernie ⴕ), Kathy (Gerry) and Peggy (Bob); six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Grace was a devoted United Church member, volunteering for many years in the North End community church and attending services throughout her lifetime. She was also a lifetime member of The Order of the Eastern Star. Even though she proclaimed she was too young to be a grandma when her first grandchild was born, she embraced her role whole heartedly and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her endless joy over the years.
Grace is pre-deceased by her husband and seven of her siblings.
Next to family and friends who were of utmost importance to her, Grace had many other loves over her lifetime, including Dairy Queen ice cream, being creative (she was a very talented seamstress, knitter and crocheter, in particular), music and dancing, playing Bingo, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and was up for anything fun! She had a smile that was infectious - even in the last months when she found talking difficult, she still had a twinkle in her eye and a smile that was endearing to all.
Grace made an impact on anyone who was fortunate enough to meet her. She was kind beyond measure and was easy to love. Our families want to thank everyone who took the time to say their goodbyes to her at St. Joseph’s Facility prior to her passing. We were touched to see the outpouring of love for her and how much she meant to so many.
A Celebration of Grace’s incredible life will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Macklin, Saskatchewan at 1:00 p.m. with Fred Sirett officiating. All who knew her are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Center (P.O. Box 190 Macklin, SK, S0L 2C0) where Grace lived for the past three years and was one of “the three sisters”.
Our family is eternally grateful for the love and extraordinary care provided to her by the staff at St. Joseph’s.