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Miss Grace L. Kearsey, 95, of Gloucester, passed away Sunday morning in Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness.
Grace was born January 14, 1921, in Gloucester, daughter of the late John J. and Emma J. (Ashley) Kearsey. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester. She graduated eighth grade in Gloucester and went on to continue school in Salem.
She was a hard-worker. She began working at Birdseye at the age of 16 and worked as a fish packer until it closed. She continued on as a fish packer for Gorton’s of Gloucester until her retirement in 1986.
She was a member of the Independent Christian Church, Unitarian Universalist in Gloucester.
She will be remembered for her old Yankee humor, her craft of dressed up lobster people made with real shells which she sold at Bearskin Neck, her wood carvings of sailing schooners which were photographed and written up in Yankee Magazine, and her love of the Gloucester History - "the way it used to be."
Grace is survived by her great-niece, Sharon Kearsey–Hilaire and her husband, Richard D. of Ipswich; her nieces, Marcia (Kearsey) Diliberti and her husband, Joel of Florida, and Sharon Louise Kearsey of St. Johns USVI; her nephew, Charles “Chuck” Kearsey of Gloucester; and many great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Zonela Z. Kearsey, Emma I. (Kearsey) Grigg and Ruth I. (Kearsey) Enos; and her brothers, Alton F. Kearsey, Robert L. Kearsey and John J. Kearsey.
Grace's funeral service will be in the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Middle and Church streets, Gloucester, on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Wednesday evening, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Interment will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  June 14, 2016
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