Grace Ann Sanford (nee Wilson) from Springfield, PA, was called back to our Heavenly Father on Monday, August 16, 2021 at the age of 95 years.
Grace was born in Malden, Massachusetts where she attended Brown Junior High and Malden High School, taking additional bookkeeping courses at Boston University. She worked for Packard Paper Box Company before marrying John Kent Sanford, also from Malden, on August 28, 1949. Grace and Kent relocated to Springfield, PA, in January 1955 where they raised their six children. Active in the Cub Scouts (Pack 331) at St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Girl Scouts of Delaware County (Troop 889), Grace introduced many young Scouts to the love of the outdoors and crafting. She was an avid seamstress and an ardent supporter of the St. Francis Players for over 50 years, acting as costumer for many St. Francis productions. She formed strong friendships through the Players and was pleased by the many generations of thespians flourishing within this community “family”. She worked as a bookkeeper for Campbell Printing Company and then as Administrative Secretary for The Hilltop School in Rosemont for many years, retiring in 1991. Grace and Kent enjoyed traveling together and were able to visit many foreign places in their retirement years, but she remained an active member of the Garden Club and volunteering at the Springfield Hospital.
Grace was predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 56 years, John Kent Sanford (2004), her parents Anthony and Elizabeth Wilson, and her brother Stanley Wilson. She will be lovingly remembered by her six children: Steven Kent Sanford (Lee), Stuart John Sanford (Valerie Jeanne), Valerie Ann Denny (Michael), Sharon Elizabeth Marone (Joseph), Andrea Claire Milione (Louis) and Scott Thomas Sanford (Jacqueline). She has been blessed with 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, three dear sisters-in-law, many loving nieces and nephews, and childhood and family friends who will miss her gracious nature, ready smile, and New England accent.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing Friday, August 27, 2021 9:00am St. Francis of Assisi Church 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064 and to her Funeral Mass 10:00am in the Church. Int. Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery. Due to COVID measures, please feel free to wear a mask to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Francis of Assisi Church in her name.
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St. Francis of Assisi Church
136 Saxer Ave., Springfield PA 19064