Grace V. White

Grace Viola White 94, formerly of the Oaklawn section of Cranston, Rhode Island entered Eternal Life on Friday September 19, 2014. She is survived by six nephews and a niece, David R. Andrews and his wife Joanne of Cranston, Dennis F. Andrews and his wife Cheryl of Warwick, Douglas W. Andrews of Cranston, Rev. Peter J. Andrews, Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish in Portsmouth, RI, Matthew P. Andrews and his wife Keri of Sayreville, NJ, Michael J. Andrews of Andover, NJ, and Elizabeth White of Johnston, RI. She was predeceased by her parents, Ethel G. (Tanner) and Charles H. White, as well as her two brothers, Harold White and Frederick Andrews, Jr. Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, Grace lived life in confidence and independence. As a career military woman, serving initially in the Army for three years and then in the Air Force to the completion of her twenty year enlistment. Her years in the Air Force afforded her the opportunity to travel to Germany, France, Italy and Holland, as well as numerous stations here at home, all chronicled with countless photographic slides and stills of which she was so proud to show her family. Grace was incredibly proud of her service to her country. She retired from military service in June of 1967 with the rank of Staff Sargent, E-5. Following her career in the military, Grace moved back home and established herself within the family as one who could be counted on for her undying good humor, her willingness to always try something new, and a deep desire to bring life to family and friends. She will be remembered by her family as always being ready for a game of cribbage, a bike ride to some mystery destination, summer vacations to some resort in New Hampshire or other, a home-made birthday card with its requisite penny enclosed, and any number of other activities that were guaranteed to be filled with fun and laughter. Her robust appetite and motto to “never waste anything” will never be forgotten. Living with and caring for her mother until her death in 1990, and then offering all she could for her remaining family, Grace always gave witness to the centrality of family in her life. A celebration of her life will be held at noon on Thursday September 25, 2014 in the Chapel Mausoleum at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery 1 Rhode Island Avenue Johnston, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at

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Sharron Cornell - 09/24/2014

Beth and all the Andrews brothers, I'm sorry I can't be in RI tomorrow. I have so much respect for Cousin Grace. She was a positive role model for me. She did enjoy life and I know you all helped make it a happy and fulfilling life for her.

Grace Cornell - 09/25/2014

Those we hold most dear never truly leave us for the beauty of their life lives on within our hearts & smiles when we remember moments shared with them . Lillian & Stephen Cornell's youngest .
With Deepest Sympathy & Fond Memories Grace

Gail Cornell - 09/25/2014

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Grace. My thoughts and prayers are with her famiy and friends. There's nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. My deepest condolences.

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