GRACE S. KETCHUMGrace S. Ketchum, 91, of Esko died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2013.
Grace S. Ketchum, 91, of Esko died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2013, in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell.
She was born Oct. 17, 1922 in Kerrick, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Southerton.
Grace married Ray Ketchum on April, 23, 1944 in Bruno, Minn.
After the war Grace and Ray lived in Pine City, Cloquet, and then bought a farm in Esko. There Grace and Ray raised three daughters. Grace worked at Washington Elementary and Winterquist schools as a cook for many years.
She was a long time member of J.M. Paine Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; daughters, Linda Merchen and Collette Reynolds; her brothers, Frank and Jackie Southerton; and sister, Zola (Larry) Farness.
Grace is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Walt) Collman of Cromwell; sister, Louise (Dwain) Thomsen of Marble Falls, Texas; three grandchildren, T.R. Merchen, Jon Merchen, and Bobby Reynolds; and numerous nephews and nieces.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the fireside room of the funeral home. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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