Mourning her loss are son Jonathan Witmer (partner, Izumi Nakamura); daughters Amy Witmer (partner, Garth Hutton), Christine Witmer Powers (partner, Todd Powers), and daughter-in-law Susan Witmer; grandchildren Jack, Victoria and her daughter Gianna, Paige, Michael, Tessa and Lucia Witmer, Helena and Nathan Hutton as well as Oscar and Mickey Powers; sister Jane Brierley McLogan (husband, Matthew Edwin McLogan) and nieces and nephew Katherine, Molly and Timothy McLogan. Grace also leaves behind her much loved community at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Plymouth.
Her treasured daughter Suzanne Witmer Biddle preceded Grace in death as did her parents, aunts, uncles, and several cousins.
A 1959 graduate of Dondero High School (Royal Oak, MI), Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College (Albion, MI) in 1963, studying art and elementary education.
Grace was born to be a teacher. She taught her own children the bedrock lessons of a successful life: love, honesty and perseverance. She taught the required subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic to her elementary students, her joy palatable with each little “Ah-ha” moment. But her most important lesson, and the one at which she excelled, was teaching others to love and believe in themselves.
Throughout her many years of teaching, Grace was a favorite of Plymouth’s children. She couldn’t go anywhere without former students (aka her “chickies”) approaching her to say, “hello'' and share an enduring lesson from their time in her classroom.
Grace viewed life first and always through her heart. Instantly outraged at injustice. A warrior for the underdog. An advocate for rescued animals. A soothing presence for those who struggled.
Grace moved through life with an unbelievably optimistic attitude. Her positive approach to life helped her to exceed expectations and survive stage IV cancer for almost 16 years. Her fighting spirit was an inspiration to many.
You couldn’t ask for a more loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or friend. Especially during tough times, Grace was the first to offer help, give a hug, or lighten the mood by sharing her unique, healing humor.
It won’t be as easy or nearly as much fun without her physical presence, but our hearts are filled with her legacy of life’s lesson plans. We’re grateful for time with our own Amazing Grace.
Visiting hours in the Cartmell - Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home 373 Court St. North Plymouth (Near Cordage Park) on Tuesday December 27th from 4-7 pm. Funeral Service on Wednesday December 28th at 11:00 am. in the Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at Vine Hills Cemetery Plymouth.
Services will be live streamed at 11:00 am please see the link on our website at www.cartmelldavis.com obituary for Grace Witmer