1937 - 2012
On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, Grace Emily Reinland finished her race with endurance and joined the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before. She was born Grace Emily Larson in Potlatch, Idaho, on July 31, 1937, to Emily Gladys Fitch and Francis Theophil Larson. She was the second to the youngest of 13 children.
She graduated from Potlatch High School in 1955 at the top of her class where she was active as Student Body financial manager and in Girls League, Library and Girls State.
In 1967 along with her three children, Karen, Steven and Douglas she moved to Walla Walla where she attended Walla Walla Community College and took secretarial classes for one year. In 1969 she decided to accept a position at South Gate Fleenors in the meat department. She happily worked there until they opened the Super 1 Grocery Store and transferred her there working a total of 41 years until ill health forced her to retire at the age of 73. Grace loved her job and was a loyal, dependable employee.
On Sept. 11, 1980, she married the “love of her life” Andy Reinland. They had two and half sweet years together. Andy passed away Feb. 23, 1983.
Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was passionate about the things she believed in. Quick with a smile, hug and kind word for those seeking encouragement. She was a mother who loved her children unconditionally and deeply. She was loved, she was constant and she will be truly missed.
She was known for her amazing cheesecakes which she delighted in making for friends and family. She loved going to concerts with her son, Mariners baseball games, local plays and spending time with family and friends.
Grace is survived by three brothers, Johnny, Frank and Alfred Larson; daughter, Karen Casey (Michael) of College Place; and son, Steven Heimbigner (Christine) of Caldwell, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren; and Tony Wenham of Walla Walla of whom she said “I love him like a son”. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; nine siblings; husband, Andy; and her son, Douglas Heimbigner in 2007.
At her request there will be no funeral service. A memorial service is planned in July 2013 at Rock Creek Cemetery in Potlatch, Idaho.
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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…….let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
Poem that was found tucked in her Bible:
Miss Me – But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
Why cry for a soul that’s free?
Miss me a little, but not for long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared!
Miss me – but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan.
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrow doing good deeds.
Miss me – but let me go.