The family of Muriel “Grace” Stutt is sad to announce her gentle passing on September 27, 2022 in Fredericton, NB, in her 101st year. Born August 16, 1922, Grace was the last remaining of the four legendary Hall sisters of Dundas, ON: Mary (Maidie), Grace, Erna and Margaret. The end of an era indeed.
For more than 80 years, Grace was a devout and active member of Knox Church, Dundas where she married George in 1949. She had worked at the post office during the war and noticed that young George Stutt wrote regularly to his parents from overseas. She was impressed. Eventually they met at the Dundas Tennis Club, and continued their great love until George’s passing in 1994.
While raising two boys, Grace also worked for Ontario Hydro and volunteered with her church, the Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels. Next to her family, Grace loved her sports from the Leafs to the Jays to the Ti-Cats. She could never understand when other residents at the retirement home complained that there was nothing on TV. But she wasn’t just a watcher, she was also an accomplished curler, tennis player and lawn bowler.
The death of her oldest son, David, in 2019 from ALS was difficult, but also generated a desire to bring the family closer together. Grace moved to the Supples Landing Retirement Home in Pembroke, ON, where she instantly made new friends, and then on to Ste Anne’s Court in Fredericton thus bringing together all four generations of the family in one city.
While Grace led an active life, her devotion to family remained above all else, and she was extremely proud of her grandchildren, Jessica (Peter) and Emmet (Rikke), but it was great-grandson, Jack, who made her laugh with joy whenever they were together. Grace turned 100 the day before Jack turned one and they both enjoyed every minute of that party.
Grace will be deeply missed by her son, Bob (Joanne), and she was very close with her treasured nieces and nephews and their extended families, especially Ann, Liz, Susan and Joyce. She will be missed by her many Dundas friends plus her friends in Pembroke and Fredericton, all of whom were so kind and generous to her.
Thank you to the staff at the retirement homes and at the Chalmers Hospital, all of whom have had a pandemic experience that’s hard to imagine. So many amazing people.
A life well-lived and another member of the Greatest Generation gone.
A family gathering in Dundas will take place next spring, where Grace will be interred with George and David in Grove Cemetery not far from her parents, Herb and Minn Hall. Donations in memory of Grace may be made to ALS Canada.