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Walden, Grace Miriam (Tabbut)


Posted By: Lisa Walden (email)
Date: 1/16/2022 at 12:04:53

Grace M. Tabbut, daughter of Andrew and Phoebe Tabbut, was born on Nov. 12, 1872, at Indian River, Maine, and departed this life at Resthaven in Independence, Mo., on April 8, 1960, at 87 years, 4 months, and 27 days of age.

The seventh of eight children, she was born shortly after the return of her family from Palestine, where Elder and Mrs. Tabbut had gone with a company of Saints to establish a colony for the return of the Jews to their homeland. Two children had died in Palestine in their infancy. Six children grew to adulthood. All have preceded Grace in death.

Grace was baptized at eight years of age into the church in which her parents were active servants, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and she was a loyal member to the last.

She was married on Nov. 26, 1896, at Pelican Lake, Minn., to E. Henry Walden. To this union were born 10 children, nine of whom grew to adult life, seven sons and two daughters.

The children are L. Arthur, Lamoni; Walter N., Los Angeles, Calif.; Robert L., Independence, Mo.; Ruth Roberts, Lamoni; Evan H., Grinnell, Iowa; Nelle Silver, Austin, Texas; Richard A., who died in infancy; Wilbert E., Los Angeles, Calif.; James M., Ann Arbor, Mich.; Ernest E., Reno Nev. Also as near to her as a son was her grandson, Richard Walden, whom she reared.

All the children except Walter and Wilbert of California were present for their mother's funeral. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Her husband Henry was a merchant and farmer. They lived in several communities in Minnesota until they left Frazee, Minn., in 1919, to bring their family to a church center in Lamoni, to continue their education in Lamoni public schools and Graceland College.

In September 1941, Henry Walden died. Grace continued to live in Lamoni until August 1958, when she became a resident at Resthaven, in Independence. At Resthaven, she was known and beloved as the sort of person she had been throughout her life—quiet, gentle, kind, and loyal, devoted to her family and friends.

She had been in good health until she was stricken with a light heart attack on the night of April 5. She seemed to recover satisfactorily and was visited during the next three days by her children Robert and Ruth. On the evening of April 8, she and her roommate had their accustomed evening prayer. She then went to her bed and died suddenly and peacefully. [Correction: she never made it to bed, as she died kneeling beside the bed for her night prayer.]

Memorial services were held at Lamoni RLDS church Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. Elder W.E. Prall preached the sermon and Elder W.C. Moon assisted. Interment was beside her husband in Rose Hill cemetery in Lamoni.

Source: The Lamoni Chronicle, published in Lamoni, Iowa on Thursday, April 14th, 1960, pg. 4


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