Grace Williams was born on April 05, 1929 in Magnolia, Mississippi. She was the baby of nine children born to the union of Tom Williams and Rosa Jennings Williams. Grace accepted Christ at an early age and united with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Grace graduated from Fernwood High School in 1948
In the early 50’s, while enrolled at Alcorn State University, Grace attended a 4H Club meeting and there she met a young serviceman named Frank Kaigler. They dated while he was away in Korea and on May 08, 1953, she married Frank, the love of her life. Together, they shared 58 1/2 years of marriage.
In 1956, Grace and Frank moved to San Diego, California. Frank worked at the San Diego Naval Shipyard while Grace became a homemaker and mother to their 2 girls, Cercytia and Jackie. Grace was a great homemaker. She loved to cook and some of specialities were fried chicken, greens and hot water cornbread. She was also known for making the best German Chocolate cake in town.
When the girls got older, Grace returned to college and earned an Associate Degree at San Diego City College in Early Childhood Development. Grace returned to work and throughout her career she was employed as a seamstress, a daycare/preschool worker and a sales clerk. She retired from Handyman La Mesa (now known as Home Depot), after 19 years of service, having been honored with many awards & certificates.
Grace was a long-time member of the Eastern Star and Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 49 Ladies Auxiliary.
Grace was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for many years under the leadership of Dr. S. M. Lockridge. After Dr. Lockridge's passing, she joined New Life Baptist Church and served as a Deaconess until her health began to decline. She loved Pastor Troy & First Lady Owens and her New Life Church Family.
Peacefully on October 9, 2019 while sleeping, the Lord sent an Angel down and Grace was called home to join her beloved husband, parents and siblings.
Grace is preceeded in death by her husband Frank; parents; Tom and Rosa Williams, siblings; Ernest, Velma, Susie Mae, Bill, Mary C., Rosetta, Emile and Tommy and two cousins, Alberta and Isadore Simmons who were raised as their siblings.
She leaves to mourn her passing, daughters, Cercytia D. Kaigler-Stevenson, Jacqueline L. Kaigler; grandson, Kelvin Stevenson, granddaughter, Ashley Grace Ginn; great-grandson, Kymani Stevenson, godson, Charles Gooden and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Grace's given name foretold her true character. She had a gentle, loving spirit and once you met her you were no longer a stranger. She lived a life of true Grace and she will be missed by all who knew her!
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