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Grace Apsley, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 24 at Arbor Trace in Richmond.
Grace was born in Combs, Kentucky on February 5, 1935, the daughter of Mack and Martha Stidham Stewart, both of whom preceded her in death.
Grace had formerly worked for Western Union, where she was an assistant manager, and later worked at Knollenberg’s in Richmond. Much of her time was devoted to her family. She loved sports and enjoyed watching her husband play softball and keeping game stats. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s activities through the years as well. She liked to play BINGO and enjoyed being creative with her painting and coloring.
Grace will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Alton Apsley; daughters, Tina Ashcraft and April Sheldon & her husband, Greg; son & daughter-in-law, Jim & Sherri Apsley; grandchildren, Lindsey Blanford & husband, Brandon; Zach Turner & fiancée, Celeste Dillman; Skyler Ashcraft & fiancée, Sidney Hetisimer; Casey Fleming & husband, Ben; Logan Apsley & fiancée, Cierra Spicer; Lindsey Sheldon, Brittany Chesnut & husband, Joe; Larisah Etheridge & fiancé, Patrick; great-grandchildren, Larkin Rush, Meeya Rush, Zayleigh Turner, Waylon Ashcraft, Maverick Fleming, Gunner Fleming and Bricker Sheldon; special friends, Ronnie & Bonnie Glaub and several nieces & nephews.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Herb Stewart, Doc Stewart, Cleve Stewart, Edna Henthorn, Marie Walton, Ruth Ridgeway, June Hibbard and two infant siblings.
Grace’s life will be celebrated at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28 at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
Family and friends may gather from 3-6 pm on Tuesday, January 28, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Animal Care Alliance, 1353 Abington Pike, Richmond, IN 47374 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, ATTN: Donations, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.
We shared a Double House in Fountain City back in 1985-1986. I absolutely loved Grace! She was a hoot! We'd hang our clothes out on the line to dry and visit! I knew if I needed anything she would of been there for me and I think she knew I was there for her too! We cooked and baked and shared food with each other. No matter the day, if you were in her presence she was making you smile and laugh! Only sweet memories that year we lived right next door!!! RIP sweet Grace!!
Jenny Paddock Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM
April, I want to express my sympathy to you and your family at the recent loss of your Mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead. Sherry Asher
Sherry Asher Jan 27 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Grace, I will always remember your kindness and your beautiful smile. God bless you. Love Marie.
Marie Klemens Jan 26 2020 12:00 AM
Never forget coming to Florida and visiting and learning to ride the try cycle. Love and prayers to all
Janie Fleming Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM
To April and Greg!! So sorry for your loss of your mom. Lots of prayers to you and your family....
Wanda Rodriguez Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM
My heart goes out to the entire Apsley family. Prayers always.
Connie Morris Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM