Gracie Mae Grainger

November 14, 1922 - May 8, 2020
Gracie Mae Grainger

Gracie Mae Grainger, 97, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC.

She was born November 14, 1922, in Hallsboro, NC, to Stephen Guthrie Sibbett and Katie Lee Barefoot Sibbett. Gracie was a lifelong seamstress by trade and worked creating circuit breakers for Siemens. During her retirement, she hosted bus trips across the country and worked as a part-time hostess for Hampton Inn. She was a longtime member of Pine Valley Church of God who had a love for her family and crafting.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by most of her siblings, and her loving grandparents, Oscar and Fannie Barefoot, and daughter-in-law, Judy Grainger.

She is survived by her sister, Patsy Wright of Laurinburg; son, Garfield Grainger of Loudon, TN; daughter, Brenda Grainger Matkins (Bill) of Williamsburg, VA; daughter, Jan Grainger Morgan (Don) of Wilmington; grandsons, Kenneth Matkins (Chrissy) of Williamsburg, VA, Chris Grainger (Angie) of Dayton, TN, Terry Matkins (Mary) of Smithfield, VA, and granddaughters, Jennifer Matkins Marshall (Hayes) of Williamsburg, VA, Julie Morgan Beasley (Billy) of Wilmington, and Amie Morgan Brendle (Rich) of Winston-Salem; great grandchildren, Zachary Grainger, Lauren Grainger, Douglas Jones (Angela), Chandler Matkins, Chelsea Matkins, Emma Matkins, Elle Matkins, Cameron Moore, Riley Moore, Morgan Brendle and MacKay Brendle; great great grandchildren, Parker and Paxton Jones.

The family will celebrate Gracie’s life in a private ceremony. A graveside service with social distancing protocol with be open to everyone on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

A special thanks to Gracie’s part-time care givers, Beth Sonnenberg and Sondra Dron, for their professional and compassionate care of Gracie and her family, as well as the staff at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gracie’s honor to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare 1414 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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  • May 12, 2020
    Marie Kuenstler says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

  • May 12, 2020
    Bill and Lisa Boyd says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless

  • May 15, 2020
    Peggy and Cagie Howard says:
    Janice, Garfield, Brenda, Aunt Gracie was very special to me and I loved very her much. My mother and Aunt Gracie was very close. They had a special bond and love for each other. My heart is breaking for your loss. May you have the peace of knowing she is now with Jesus in her Heavenly Home. Love and prayers, Peggy and Cagie