Obituary: Grace J. Cole
Grace J. Cole “Nita” was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 26, 1922. In 1942, she married Walter J. Cole in Greeley, Colo. They moved to Grand Lake where they bought a cabin that later became their retirement home.
During WWII, Nita and Walt were stationed in many locations from Florida to Alaska. The family returned to Greeley, and Nita completed the degree she had begun years earlier. She taught at Saint Peters, and although not Catholic, she was called “Sister Grace” and was named Colorado Catholic Educator of 1976 by the Archdiocese in Denver.
Nita and Walt retired to Grand Lake, reconnected with the church, and pursued the activities they enjoyed so much: skiing, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. Nita climbed seven of Colorado’s 14-ers and was a member of Timberline Tramps. At the age of 79, Nita canoed 100 miles of the Yukon River. She also started a tradition of canoeing on Grand Lake every Thanksgiving Day.
Nita deeply valued the fellowship of the church. Many of the congregation continued to write to her for years after she left Grand Lake. She passed away in Greeley surrounded by family.
Nita was preceded in death by her husband Walt. She is survived by their three children: Tim Cole (wife Vikki) of Greeley, Suzy Fallon (husband Mike) of Estes Park, Ivy Martinez (husband Vince) of Granby; and seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
The memorial service is Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in the Pines,
Grand Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of the Mountains Hospice (970) 725-3378. On Sunday, Aug. 23, there is a celebratory walk down the Ute Trail. We’ll meet at Poudre Lake at 10 a.m. and will arrange shuttles to the Alpine Visitors Center. Please join us.
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