Serving Whitman County since 1877

Grace Schmick

Oct. 8, 1921 - Jan. 30, 2023

Grace was born in Shanghai China to Herman and Mabel Mader who were serving there as missionaries. The family came home to the Colfax, Wash., area in late 1925 and because of political unrest did not return to China.

Grace grew up on a farm in the Clear Creek area, attended Clear Creek one room school and Colfax High School graduating in 1938. She worked at the telephone office and at St Ignatius Hospital. She met Herb Schmick at a church youth group at the Full Gospel Assembly of God church. They were married January 2, 1942.

They farmed for 46 years in the Clear Creek area. Grace was a member and took an active part in the Besse Mechling Club, Christian's women's club, Gideon's Auxiliary, Aglow and in her local church. She enjoyed painting, gardening, knitting, and sewing. She and Herb traveled extensively to many parts of the world.

In 1995, they moved to Hill Ray in Colfax and in 2001 moved again, due to Herb's illness, to Tacoma, Wash.Herb died in July of 2003 after 61 years of marriage.

Grace is survived by four children Larry (Pat), David (Mary), Rosemary (Jim) and Jon (Shirley); nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and a sister Evelyn Chambers.

She is preceded in death by her husband Herb; a great-granddaughter, Tia Lynn Schmick; and her sister Pearl Swartz.

A private grave side service was held on Feb 8, 2023.


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