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April 4, 1933 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Grace Elizabeth Orders (nee Johnston) age 90 of Grand Rapids, MI died on December 27, 2023. She was born to parents Edward and Ruth Johnston in DeTour Village, MI on April 4 ,1933. She grew up in the Soo and graduated from Sault High School where she was a cheerleader. She was very proud of her Yooper heritage. She loved ice skating as a child and was nicknamed "Queenie" by her friends. She received an R.N. degree from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, MI. Grace met her husband Dr. Richard Orders in Detroit and they were married in 1955. They lived in England for 2 years after marriage and then moved to Detroit, MI where Richard completed his Dermatology training. Grace worked as a nurse in Detroit while also starting a family. The family moved to Grand Rapids in 1960 where they raised their five children.
Grace is predeceased by her husband Richard Orders, grandson Juan Orders and sisters Barbara Michaels and Mary Ellen Marks. She is survived by her five children; Christine (John Asplin), Mark (Ann), Jim (Noris Cabán), Anne and Kerri (Michel Lanne). She has eight surviving grandchildren; Paul Asplin, Daniel Asplin, Grace Orders (Mike Mullen), Sarah Orders, Mary Orders, Lorenzo Orders, Oscar Orders and Nathalie Lanne. She has one great-grandson, Henry Mullen. She has 2 surviving sisters; Alyce (Matt) Reinhard and Ruth Johnston-Pike.
Grace was an expert cook and made entertaining appear effortless. She had a beautiful soprano voice and loved music. Grace loved playing tennis and golf. She was an avid sports fan and cheered loudly for just about every college and professional team in the area. She became a very good bridge player under Richard's tutelage. She was an Elder and a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She volunteered her time at the church and helped organize countless funerals there. She especially loved working with seniors. She was generous and always seemed to find just the perfect gift for everyone. Grace loved being with her friends and spent many happy Friday nights with them at Great Lakes restaurant. She had a great sense of style and especially loved wearing bright colors. Chanel No.5 perfume was her signature scent. Above all, she was a wonderful mother and a loving grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family.
The family wishes to thank her caregivers at Heather Hills, Care Cardinal Belmont and Corewell Health Hospice.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Henry 5575 Gordon Ave., Newaygo MI 49337.