Mrs. Grace Audrey Rowland May 19, 1928 - November 18, 2008 - Grace Audrey Rowland 1928 - 2008 Grace Audrey Rowland of Saskatoon, formerly of Saltcoats, SK, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at the age of 80. Grace is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Chet, of Saskatoon; daughters, Nola (Frank) Chanroux of Surrey, BC and Faith Rowland of Saskatoon; sons, Daryl (Pat) of Prince Albert, Barry (Deanna) of Saskatoon and Quentin (Cherise Arnesen) of Prince Albert; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; her sister, Isabell (Dee) Dombro of Edmonton, AB; and brother, Fred Erikson of New Westminster, BC; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, other relatives and dear friends. Grace was predeceased by her parents, her dear friend, Gwen, and one brother-in-law, Davey Cooper, Grace was born to Hans and Winnifred (Russel) Erikson on May 19, 1928. She grew up on the family farm in Chatsworth District, near Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. She received her education at the small rural school in Chatsworth before moving to Saltcoats to serve as a telephone operator. In 1951 Grace married Harry Chester Rowland (Chet), son of Harry and Phoebe Rowland. They made their home together in Saltcoats until 2005. At that time they regretfully left their home and the community they’d helped to build to move to Saskatoon where Chet could be closer to the support of his family while he cared for Grace. In the summer of 2007 Grace was admitted to long term care and made her last natural home at Circle Drive Special Care Home. Her quick wit and playful nature were enjoyed by all who shared her life. Even as Alzheimer Disease slowly compromised her ability to express herself, she kept her lively eyes and rich spirit until the end. A life well lived but too soon taken; Grace filled her life with caring for her family, friends and community. She was truly an exceptional homemaker, avid gardener and lover of nature. There wasn’t a berry patch in the area that Grace didn’t know about. She taught us to love and respect nature, to wade in the sloughs, and savour time in the garden. Grace was a generous hostess whether it was in her home (planned or impromptu) or at a community functions. She kept the freezers and cold room stocked with produce and preserves that she shared with all who met at her table. In her spare time she enjoyed crafts, needle-work, sewing, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She was an active volunteer with the local Legion Auxiliary, United Church Women, and the Museum Board, as well as, being active in politics. Services and a celebration of Grace’s life will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (311 3rd Ave. N.), on Friday, November 21st, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., with Dennis Morris and Mary Roper officiating. Interment will take place following the service. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who supported Grace and Chet throughout Grace’s last days. The many kindnesses shown, eased this most difficult transition. In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s memory may be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association, #104 2301 AVE. C. North, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5Z5 or the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 1405 Faulkner Cres. Saskatoon, SK, S7L 3R5. Condolences to the family may be sent via www.parkfuneral.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt of PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 244 2103.