Grace was born January 7, 1931, in Trenton, New Jersey to Verda Alice Harris and Raymond Hazelton Whitenack, the youngest of 5 siblings. She moved to Kansas at age 5 and graduated from Olathe High School (formerly St. John’s Memorial H.S.), from Kansas State University with a degree in home economics and from the University of Kansas with a degree in nursing.
She met her future husband Leo on a blind date in Kansas City and they married on May 20, 1956. She wore a pair of beautiful wristlets with her dress to cover a perfect set of bite marks from a patient who had bitten her couple of days before the wedding. She always said the fact that Leo was SO pro-KU and she SO pro K-State was what kept their marriage interesting!
Grace worked as an R.N. and retired from North Kansas City Hospital. She had been a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran since 1966 and was very active there. She was a member of the women’s group and sang in the church choir for over 40 years; she stated “you meet the nicest people in choir.” She also enjoyed bridge and belonged to a lovely neighborhood bridge club and a women’s chocolate group.
She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her three children: Dan Hayden of Parkville, his daughter Kara; Bruce Hayden (Barbara) of Clinton, IA, their daughter Tynah of Johnson City, NY; Jill Hagel (Mike) of Lenexa, KS, their children Nick and Michelle.
We have lost a wonderful mother, grandma, neighbor, and friend. She will be greatly missed. We thank God, family and all the wonderful friends who have shown support throughout her life and recent health issues.
The family will receive friends 10 a.m., Saturday April 9 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO. The memorial service will be held following the visitation at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Peter Rehwaldt officiating. The family suggests memorials in Grace’s name be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice. Memories of Grace and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.