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Grace (Stimson) Ade

Grace (Stimson) Ade

Formerly of Pine River

Grace (Stimson) Ade, 79, passed away April 2, 2013, at Providence Hospital, Everett, Wash.

Grace was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Lyle and Violet Stimson of Minneapolis and Jenkins, Minn. After a lengthy battle with cancer and days of struggle in ICU, Grace found a peaceful ending in the arms of her beloved husband, Bob, of 52 years and surrounded by her five children. Grace was mother of Robin Ade, Dawn Chaplin, Todd Ade, Rob Ade Sharon Ade and four grandchildren, all of whom survive her and live in Washington.

Grace is also survived by her brother, Carroll Stimson, of Pine River; and sisters, Lyla Tutt and Maxine Mottram, of the Twin Cities. Numerous nieces and nephews live in the Pine River area.

Grace was preceded in death by her sisters, Gloria Norman of Pine River and Nancy Timothy of Portland, Ore.

Her parents lived in Jenkins and her father, Lyle, built a church almost single-handedly on adjacent property where he conducted a brief ministry.

Grace was raised in Minneapolis and attended West High School until the family moved late in her senior year to Pine River, where she graduated in 1951. While working at Minneapolis-Honeywell she met her soon-to-be husband.

They enjoyed a cabin on Rush Lake. Bob and Grace got to know and enjoy a large part of the country through corporate moves while raising their family, including living in Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Ohio, Colorado and Virginia. In 1993, Bob and Grace moved to Mukilteo, Wash., to retire in an area where all her children have settled.

Grace and Bob were soul mates in their creative flairs that they expressed through a candle business, “Candles by Grace,” in the 1960s and 1970s run from their home “factory” with the kids as employees and later from the 1980s on through the present with self-designed and produced “Kaleidoscopes by Bob and Grace Ade” (

Grace and Bob also had a great love of travel throughout the United States and enjoyed trips to many countries. Grace particularly enjoyed her African Safaris in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.

Grace wasn’t shy about stating that she felt she had lived a great life! She had a strong interest in health and nutrition publications and it was Grace’s wish that her remains be used for scientific research. Her wish was granted as she has been accepted by the University of Washington Medical School. We are certain that she will graduate with honors.

Donations in Grace’s honor can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( or

A celebration of her life and memorial service will be held at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church in Mukilteo, Wash., at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Please email for details or call Bob at 425-353-6546.