Patricia Ellis Grace
Patricia Ellis Grace, 71 of Little Rock, died Sunday, February 22, 2004. She was born in Little Rock Arkansas, July 18, 1932 to Mabel Watson Ellis and the late Thomas Garland Ellis. She graduated from Little Rock High school, attended Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated from UAMS School of Medical Technology. She then continued studying Immunology at UAMS graduate school. She was a member of the Pi Bet Phi sorority. She was the chief medical technologist at the Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic under the direction of Dr. S. William Ross. Later, she became the office manager and his assistant until her retirement in 1990. Mrs. Grace was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hot Springs Village where she served on the Vestry. She was one of the early members of Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Little Rock and also a member of Christ Episcopal Church. Her volunteerism extended to numerous organizations including serving on the boards of Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts, Fine Arts Club, and the Old State House. She also chaired many committees for the Decorative Arts Forum and Symphony Guild both in Little Rock and Hot Springs Village. She was a member of the Scattered Seeds Garden Club and the PEO Sisterhood. Mrs.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband William Lee Grace and one son, William Lee Grace Jr. She is survived by one son, Theodore Garland Grace and his wife Regina. Also survived by six grandchildren Brittany Leigh, Lauren Elizabeth, Patrick Hunter, Taggart Garland, William Lee III, Thomas Clay, two step grandchildren Jacob Curry, Jordan Tressie, her Mother, Mabel Watson Ellis, one sister Carolyn and her husband Retired Major General Bill B. Lefler, sister-in-law Teddi Jeanette Grace. Nieces and nephews include Tracey and husband Jack Salter, Dr. Thomas and wife Cindy Lefler, Dr. Mark and wife Katherine Lefler, Emily, Elizabeth and Ellen Smead and eight great nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with Father Jim McLean, Jr. and Cannon Scott Lee officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home. A private burial will be at Pine Crest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Centers for Youth and Families, 6501 West 12th street, Little Rock, AR 72204 or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 199 Barcelona Rd., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.