Grace "Gracie" Lenore Sullivan, 82, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at home in Kingman, with her daughter, Maura, by her side. She was born in Passaic, N.J., on Oct. 3, 1931, to the late Leonard and Ottillie "Tillie" Robinson.
After graduating high school, Grace married and soon after moved to California, settling their family in Escondido. Preceded in death in 1972 by her husband, Edward Anthony Lytle, she began working as secretary for the retail advertising department at the Times Advocate. In 1978, she married Marciene James Sullivan and they settled in Valley Center. For 21 years, Grace was the "fashionista" of the North County Times, retiring in 1993 as the secretary to the advertising director.
In 2005, after 27 years in Valley Center, Grace and Marciene relocated to Kingman. On Feb. 21, 2013, Grace lost her soul mate, Marciene, after 35 years of marriage. Due to the love and care for her family, she was unaware of her stage three cancer until two months after Marciene's death.
During her final month of life, she lived up to her name, handling each day with amazing grace. In the weeks prior to her passing, she was as strong as ever, captivating her family with stories of her childhood while never losing her compassion and sense of humor. Each day, with a mischievous grin on her face, she would request a special meal for the day. Whether it was cherry Pop-Tarts, orange soda, bologna sandwiches, whale crackers or special- ordered egg custard, her daughter, Maura, provided it all. Grace made sure to say all her goodbyes, including to her JC Penney card, which she stated she was sad never being able to use it again - a true fashionista until the end!
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Dennis Thornton of Escondido, Calif.; son, Stuart Lytle of Penrose, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Glenice Lytle of Kingman; daughter, Maura Greene of Kingman; three stepdaughters, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Marciene Sullivan; daughter, Lenore Marshall; and grandson, Marshall Thornton.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Joan and Diana Hospice Home at 812 Airway Avenue, Kingman, AZ 86409.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Joan and Diana Hospice Home. Grace, until the end, was in awe and amazed by the love, care, concern and compassion showered upon her by the staff.