She was a long-time member of The First Parish Church in Hingham, Unitarian Universalist (”Old Ship Church”). Locally, she was a member of the Women’s Club of Cooperstown.
Grace leaves her husband of 66 years, Donald Robert (Bob) Lettis of Cooperstown; three children, Charlotte Richardson and her husband Kirk of Portland, Ore.; Paula Bedford and her husband Jim of Northville, Mich., and Daniel Lettis of Clayton, N.M.; six grandchildren, Briget Bent, Nicole Meyer, Jacob Meyer, Daniel Meyer, Sam Richardson and Henry Richardson; three great-grandchildren, Tanner Bent, Jillian Bent and Katelyn Torres; and one niece, Carol Kruitz and her husband, Frank.
She was predeceased by her parents, Ole Gustove and Anna Nicole Carlsen; two sisters, Thelma Fryberg and her husband, Ernest and Maude Soltys and her husband, Walter; and one brother, Norman Carlsen and his wife, Jean. She was also predeceased by her dear friend and mother-in-law, Charlotte Hall Lettis.
Family and friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2014. A Funeral Service will be offered at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating.
Immediately following the service at the funeral home, all are welcome to attend a reception in the Augusta Clark Room of The Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
Burial will be at a later date in the Lettis Family Plot in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to The Charlotte Hall Lettis Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Cooperstown Central School District, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or The Friendship Fund for The Friends of The Old Ship Meeting House, 55 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.