Grace E. Book Clyde

Grace E. Book Clyde, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9 2012 in the Ellwood City Hospital, one month from her 92nd birthday.

She was born in Ellwood City on January 9 1921, to the late Chester and Eva Shaffer Book. She graduated from Lincoln High School and was a veteran of the Womens Army Corps during World War II, serving in Headquarters company, 3rd Bn., 8th Infantry of the 4th Division. During the raids on London, she was a tapping machine operator receiving communications between the Allied forces and the front line. In this capacity, she worked with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and other high ranking officers.

Grace was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. She was Den Mother for twelve years in Cub Scout Pack 6 at First Methodist Church, that started with her two sons, and enlarged to the whole neighborhood of Ellwood City. Her hobbies were entertaining, camping, playing cards, crocheting, and reading later in life, even lately with her new Nook. She loved her seven great grandchildren, playing games with them on the floor at 91.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grant J. Clyde, who died on April 22, 2002, after 54 years of marriage; and by one son, Ronald L. Barrows; one sister, Dorothy, and two brothers, William and Gerald.

She is survived by one son, Grant J. “Jim” (and Jean) Clyde ,Jr. of New Castle; and one daughter-in-law, Suzanne Barrows of Winston-Salem, NC. Four grandchildren also survive: David (and Melissa) Clyde of Greenville; Gary (and Amanda) Barrows of N. Wilkesboro, NC; Gayle L. (and Dr. Robert) Kissick of Portersville; and Amanda (Sgt. Norton) Wiggins in Germany. She is also survived by two brothers: Chester Book in Tionesta, and Virgil Book in Bonita Springs, FL.

No public visitation is planned, and a private family service is planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scout Post at First Methodist Church, 416 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City PA, 16117.

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