Grace Sawyer

Nov 11, 2020
Grace Sawyer

Union — On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, Grace (Gracie) Sawyer, loving mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home.

Gracie was born March 22, 1936, one of five children born to Nelson and Florence Calderwood. She spent her childhood years growing up in the small town of Union, enjoying life in more innocent times. The family lived about one block from the Union Common which made it convenient for her as a teenager to walk to the drug store for cokes and milkshakes.

As there were few automobiles in the 1930s after the Great Depression, she walked to her babysitting jobs. She was a popular babysitter, for not only would she watch the children, but she would always wash any dishes left from a family’s evening meal. She also worked in the blueberry fields during school vacation.

Driving to Rockland on a Saturday night was like going on a mini vacation, yet every few weeks Gracie would beg her father to drive to the Bell Shop to buy her a new sweater to wear to the dances.

Gracie attended and graduated from Union High School. She played forward on the basketball team all four years of high school.

In one class, she had the same male teacher for all four years of high school. He kept a bowl on his desk and every time Gracie talked during class, she was to put a penny in the bowl. Once, after graduation, she met this same teacher, and he told her that during those four years of high school, he bought his kids shoes with those pennies!

The week after she graduated, she moved to Stanford, Conn. The couple she stayed with invited a handsome young man from Thomaston to come for a meal and play cards. Soon, Gracie was smitten with this handsome guy whose name was Harold Sawyer. He was charming and like to laugh, play cards, dance and have fun. They were married Aug. 12,1955, and remained happily married for 59 years until Harold’s passing.

Gracie and Harold had two sons, Ronald and Thomas. They also raised their grandson, Travis. Gracie loved to cook for them, as well as for any of the many friends the boys would bring home. She was well known for her delicious cream puffs and many other goodies.

Whenever the family would take a vacation (which many know was always an adventure) she would spend hours documenting it into a scrapbook. There were many lining the shelves in the Sawyer home. She also wrote poems and stories. A card sent would always have an extra line or two with a special message.

She was known as one of the best waitresses in the area with her big friendly smile, bubbly personality and her beautiful hair. She worked at many local establishments, including The Village in Camden.

Together, Harold and Gracie studied the Bible and were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her love for her creator was evident in her appreciation for spiritual things and her desire to share spiritual truths with others. They traveled around the U.S. attending many conventions and met many people, making lifelong friendships.

Most special to her were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was their 'Nanny.’ She enjoyed spending time with them and loved to make each one feel they were the most special. Her home was filled with pictures of them all.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Harold, (Oct. 2, 2014); great-grandsons Tyler and Triston; brothers, Donald, Walter and Ken and her sister Barbara.

She is survived by her sons Ron (Connie) and Thomas; grandchildren Travis, Jesse, Andrew, Michael, Mitchell, Monica and Thomas; many great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Faye and Laura Calderwood, Nadine Smith and brother-in-law Dennis Sawyer.

She looked forward to the future promised in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Services will be private.

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