Grace Ann Whitacre, 90, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester on November 24, 2022. The youngest of seven children, Grace was born on August 23, 1932, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Edgar and Grace (Brewster) Lovelace.
During her senior year at Northwestern High School in Kokomo, Grace married Richard “Dick” Whitacre on December 23, 1950, before he left for the military. Grace then graduated high school in the spring of 1951. Upon Dick’s return from his military service, the couple started their life together and were blessed with three children, Stanley, Shelley and Stephanie. Grace and Dick were blessed to spend sixty years together before Dick passed away on April 12, 2011.
Grace sewed books at Heckman Bindery for twenty-four years before retiring in 1993. She also did whatever needed done on her family’s farm. Grace taught her children to have a strong work ethic and the value of hard work. She was an amazing woman who selflessly gave to those who asked, volunteered her time, and loved her family. Faith was of the utmost importance to Grace. She was actively involved in the North Manchester United Methodist Church, where she was a member. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
The loving memory of Grace Ann Whitacre will be forever cherished by her son, Stanley (Anita) Whitacre, Russiaville; daughters, Shelley (Tim) Graves and Stephanie (Ian) MacFarlane, both of North Manchester; grandchildren, Benjimen (Jolene) Graves, Nikki Hardy, Stacy (Matt) Stetzel, Brady (Ada) Burgess, Crystal (Robert) Smith, and John MacFarlane; thirteen great-grandchildren; and brother, John Lovelace, Kokomo; brother-in-law, Robert Whitacre, Kokomo. Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard “Dick” Whitacre; brothers, Joe and Robert Lovelace; sisters, Alice Ortman, Naomi Cunningham, and Mary Harmon; and grandchildren, Toby Whitacre, Phillip Hardy, and Rusty Whitacre.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling with Rev. Steven Bahrt officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawns, 1100 Manchester Ave., Wabash, Indiana 46992.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Grace Whitacre, memorial contributions may be made to the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 or the Wabash Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.
The family of Grace Ann Whitacre has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.
North Manchester United Methodist Church
306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester IN 46962
Wabash County Cancer Society
P.O. Box 144, North Manchester IN 46962