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Grace Hebb Holdcraft

December 28, 1927 October 15, 2019
Grace Hebb Holdcraft
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Grace Hebb Holdcraft, 91, died peacefully at home in Mickleton on October 15, 2019. Her loving spirit lives on in her husband of 69 years, Bill Holdcraft, son David Holdcraft and his wife Greta Schoonover, of Breckenridge, CO, daughter Suzanne Sherrard and her husband Alexander “Sandy” Sherrard, of Hopewell, NJ., and granddaughters, Emily Sherrard and her husband Billy Watkins, and Tricia Sherrard.and her fiance’ Mike Farrell.
Grace was born on December 28, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio to Helen Nevals Hebb and Loman Jasper Hebb. She grew up in Uniontown, PA, and graduated from Uniontown High School in 1945. Grace attended Waynesburg College, in Waynesburg, PA, earning a B.S in Business Administration in 1949. John Willard Holdcraft (Bill) also attended Waynesburg after serving as an airplane mechanic overseas in WWII. He and Grace met there and married on September 2, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg. 
After their marriage, Grace and Bill moved to Woodbury, NJ. Grace taught grade school in National Park for one year and Logan Township for six years. She earned her New Jersey Teacher’s Certificate from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. Bill graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1956 and practiced with Doctors Puff, Shoemaker, and Sygalsky until 1991 and in Mullica Hill until 2006. Grace helped others see the world as a travel agent with Travel With Us, Eastern Travel, and Beckett Travel. They moved to Mickleton, NJ in 1999 where Grace served on the Board of Directors of the Brookhollow 55+ community. 
Above all, volunteerism characterized Grace’s life. She devoted years of compassion and energy to service efforts, becoming a pillar of the community. Organizations fortunate to receive her goodwill include The Boy and Girl Scouts, United Way, Underwood Memorial Hospital, and the Waynesburg College Delaware Valley Alumni Association. Grace was a charter member of the Visiting Homemakers of Gloucester County. She also founded Serv-a-Tray of Gloucester County. Grace assumed several elected positions including Officer of the County Council and Executive Board for the Comprehensive Health Planning Board, State President of the Medical Society of NJ Auxiliary (1987), and member of the Woodbury District Board of Education (1970 – 1980). Through out the years, Grace recieved many awards and accomadations for her volunteerism and in 2014 Grace recieved The Presidents Volunteer Service Award.
Kemble Memorial Church functioned as an invaluable faith community for Grace and Bill. Grace served on numerous committees including the Florence Circle and 100th Anniversary and Bicentennial Committees. She volunteered weekly in the church office and attended church every Sunday with Bill. 
Grace, Bill, their children, and grandchildren frequently traveled to the family’s vacation home on Loon Lake in Chestertown, NY for winter skiing and summer days on the lake. Grace taught dry-land waterskiing lessons to beginners at the beach. Many will also remember Grace for her love of cooking and baking. Her pound cake, especially, reliably satisfied crowds on special occasions. 
In the days nearing her death, Grace shared her unwavering faith that “the Lord is in charge.”  Grace’s love, laughter, and generosity touched hundreds of people who will miss her deeply and seek to carry on her legacy.  
Friends may greet the family after 10am on Saturday, December 21, 2019 in Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church, 19 S. Broad St, Woodbury, NJ 08096.  Celebration of Life at 11am.  Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Grace to the Permanent Fund at Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church.


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19 S. Broad St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096

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19 S. Broad St. Woodbury 08096 NJ
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Woodbury, NJ 08096

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United States
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