Grace Martha Paul - December 21, 1934 - March 13, 2019
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Beloved wife of Danny, mother of Lalitha and Vinitha and grandmother of Priya, Vanessa, Jack, Daniel and Joseph.
Grace was born in Calcutta, India and was raised by her parents, Robert and Mary Charles, in the church. She was the fifth of eight siblings and was the last one left from that generation. Her younger days were filled with secretarial work, singing duets with her sister, Dolly, at the Full Gospel Church and for Youth for Christ, and later in the choir at the Assembly of God Church under Mark & Huldah Buntain.
She met Danny in that choir. There was no dating per se. An understanding developed between Grace’s family and him and on January 11, 1961 they were married.
Because of Danny’s position as a station manager with Swissair, they travelled all over the world. Grace had fine taste in clothes and was often seen decked out in a new sari, bag and matching shoes.
On Dec 24, 1969 their plane touched down in Toronto and a whole new immigrant life began for them. She adapted to the harsh climate and cultural differences. Grace did what she had to in order to make a life in Canada. Without the household servants she had in India, Grace had to find a job and cook and clean for herself! In order to land a job she even donned a skirt suit which meant showing her legs. No small thing for an Indian lady at that time!
They moved north of Toronto to the country so that life could be more wholesome for the family. She commuted to Toronto for 30 years choosing an early start time so she could come home sooner to cook and care for her family.
Grace sang in the Parkside and Cedarview Church choirs from time to time, was involved in Gideons, knitted, and cooked for countless house parties. She loved to entertain and was a skilled hostess! Even with all these involvements and activities her main purpose and duty was to her family.
Grace retired from work at the Ontario Housing Corporation in 1995. She and Danny enjoyed travelling, once again, with trips to India, Australia, a Caribbean cruise and many Gideon Conventions across Canada. Grandkids took up an enormous place in her heart. She prayed for them faithfully right to the very end. The night before she passed she asked about each one by name.
Even though her mind was ravaged by Alzheimers, Grace could sing every verse of the good old hymns and quote several of her favourite Scripture verses.
Grace had a wonderful smile, a sharp wit and an unwavering love for her Lord and Saviour.
Her funeral arrangements are as follows:
Cedarview Community Church
1000 Gorham Street
Friday, March 22, 2019
9:30 -11 AM - visitation
11-12 noon - service
12-2 PM - reception
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial donation to the children’s charity, Good News India, which was very close to my mother’s heart.
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