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Grace Juanita Killian White, affectionately known as GG, passed away on October 8, 2023, at the age of 86 in Clover, SC. She was born on May 15, 1937, in Clover, SC, to Robert A. Killian and Iva Sipe Killian. GG was the beloved wife of David Dean White, who preceded her in death after sixty years of marriage.
GG was the matriarch, heart, and soul of her family. She was endearingly known as "the camp director" as she was responsible for the care and supervision of the family, along with planning and organizing their many activities and events.
She will be deeply missed by her daughters, DeAn White and Tristin L. White, her sister Linda Abernathy (Bobby), and her brothers Jerry Killian (Delores), Louis Killian (Kay), and John Killian (Kim). GG is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and two great-great nieces whom she adored.
Her family would like to give special thanks to Annette Hill, GG's primary caregiver, for almost a year. Annette made it possible for GG to be at home while under hospice care. We are forever grateful for your dedication and care for our beloved GG. We love you and thank you! The family would also like to thank Martha McGill for her time spent helping GG with her morning routine over the past two years.
Grace attended Clover High School and graduated with the Class of 1955. She cherished her time at CHS and formed lifelong friendships with her classmates. Over the years, she enjoyed helping plan reunions and lunch meetings with her former classmates.
Grace was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Clover, SC. She actively participated in various church activities, such as serving as a Sunday School Teacher, being part of the church building committee, and being the church historian. Grace was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Women, where she held the position of treasurer for many years and led the Rebekah Circle. On August 10, 2010, Grace was awarded Special Recognition by United Methodist Women for her commitment and service to the church. She also received the Sapphire Award for her long service to the United Methodist Church on August 20, 2023.
In her free time, Grace enjoyed her involvement with the Girl Scouts as a girl and an adult. She received the Curved Bar Award, the highest award at the time. She also served as a Board Member for the Hornets' Nest Girl Scout Council and chaired the 75th Anniversary of Girl Scouts in the U.S. for HNGSC on March 1, 1987. She was passionate about collecting children's books, with her most treasured collection being "The Night Before Christmas." Grace shared her love of books with all the children in her family.
Additionally, she was fond of collecting blue and white porcelain and Charleston handmade baskets. Grace enjoyed playing cards with family and friends on Friday and Saturday nights and completing a daily crossword puzzle in ink. She loved shopping and day trips with her sisters, exploring "junk" stores for treasures, and finding great places to have lunch. The sister's favorite destinations were Landrum, SC, Hendersonville and Flat Rock, NC. Another cherished tradition was visiting their cousin in Mooresville and having a special Christmas luncheon with them and other family members every year.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mercy House in Rock Hill, SC, or Epworth's Children's Home in Columbia, SC.
The funeral arrangements are being handled by Bratton Funeral Home in York, SC. A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 4:00 pm. A memorial service will follow at First United Methodist Church in Clover, SC on October 21, 2023, at 11:30 am with a visitation from 10-11:30 am.
GG will be remembered for her unwavering love and dedication to her family, church, and community. "Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories live on forever."
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brattonfuneralhome.com.