Joanne M. Grace

Joanne M. Grace was born on November 26, 1946 in Mobile Alabama. She was the daughter of Ola Mae Boykins and James Williamson. She graduated from Saint Joseph Catholic High School and received a Bachelor Degree in Business from Booker T Washington College in Pensacola, Florida. She worked many years in the Health Insurance field and in Medical Billing.

She was married to James A. Grace, Jr. and the loving mother of 4 boys: James A. Grace III, Nathan A. Grace, Charles W. Grace and Carlos A. Grace. She was a loving grandmother to her 8 Grandchildren and one great Grandchild.  She was a loving mother who opened her heart and doors to many family members, helping them to get a leg up in a new city. She instilled good work ethics in all who were around her. She was a warrior and a survivor. Her love was abundant, and her smile was contagious. She was an angel that modeled helping others before herself.

The service is under the direction of Wells Mortuary in Liberty.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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