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Grace Reed Talley-Redifer
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1922
Falls County
Texas, USA
Death: May 29, 2012
Texas, USA

Grace Reed Talley-Redifer lived a life true to her name: full of grace, cheer and kindness with the heart of a servant. She died on May 29, 2012, at the age of 89, after reassuring friends and family she was totally at peace. Born in Rosebud, Texas on Aug. 12, 1922, she was the third of four children of Olive Johanna Swenson Reed and William Crawford Reed. She grew up in Eagle Lake, Texas, where her father served as the superintendent of the Eagle Lake School District and her mother taught fourth grade.

She married Paul Balas shortly after graduating from high school and they lived briefly in Arkansas. After her husband entered the service in World War II, she moved to Houston and worked at Brown Ship Building and Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

After the couple divorced, Grace married the love of her life, Sidney Dalton Talley, on Feb. 24, 1951. She traded a career in the city for life as a country wife and moved to a farm in Fort Bend County near Orchard, Texas.

She and Sid taught their two daughters, Merrie and Olive, the values of hard work and perseverance, pushing them to learn and excel in everything from farm chores to academics, sports and 4-H.

Grace was very active in her children's activities in church, school and 4-H. She served as a club and district 4-H leaders for many years. She juggled child-rearing duties with a variety of jobs, as a substitute teacher, bookkeeper and office manager and cook for Sid's hay and cattle crews.

Her faith was a focal point of Grace's life. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Rosenberg for more than 60 years, providing service on many levels, including the pastor parish relations committee, Bible School and youth groups.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Grace devoted 72 years of her life to the Order of the Eastern Star. In 1982, she served as Worthy Matron of the Rosenberg OES Chapter 429 with a theme of "cheerful service." She founded and published the group's newsletter, The StarLight, for 25 years. She was one of the instigators of an OES effort to make craft kits for patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, personally logging nearly 4,000 hours of volunteer time.

She was devoted to her grandchildren, Dannielle and Dalton. She helped rear them on the family farm and took them to church and school activities, just as she had with her two children.

Grace lost Sid in 2001, not long after they'd celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A year later, she married Donald E. Redifer and they enjoyed five years of travel and warm companionship before his death in 2007.

In 2008, she moved from the family farm to Greatwood retirement community in Sugarland. And in 2011, she moved to Amberley Place in Dallas, where she received wonderful, loving care.

She faced down numerous health challenges with a gutsy attitude and chipper demeanor. Her longtime cardiologist called her "Lazarus" for her death-defying stamina. She was vibrant, kind and above all else, cheerful and gracious. She set an example for staying positive and using humor to comfort those around her. In recent years, she developed a standard response when anyone asked if she needed anything. She would simply say, "a million dollars" and smile. The day before she lost consciousness, as she was lying in bed and struggling to speak, Olive leaned over and asked if there was anything else she needed. Without missing a beat, she whispered "a million dollars" and smiled.

Her smile was as infectious as her faith was deep. In her final days, she thanked all of those around her for their love and wonderful service and reassured them of her abiding faith that she was going home to be with the Lord.

Survivors include: daughters Olive Jane Talley of Dallas and Merrie Lu Talley of Orchard; brother W.C. Reed Jr., of Houston; grandchildren Dalton Pope, of Henrietta, Texas and Dannielle Pope of Grovetown, GA; nieces Sydney Traylor and husband, Jay, of Normangee, Texas, Debra Talley of Houston, Sheila "Chip" Talley of Dodge, Texas; Minnilue Braverman, and husband, Tom, of Hillsborough, N.C., Pam Ingraham of Shelbyville, Tenn.; Susan Reed of Houston and Donna Reed of Los Angeles, CA; nephews Charles R. Frank and wife, Pat, of Rosenberg; Steve Frank of Houston; Jim Reed and wife, Marianne, of Tallahassee, FL; close friends Carole Law of Rosenberg and Jane and James Flieller of Austin; and extended family: Dennis and Peggy Redifer, their sons Dane and Kevin, and Marcia Redifer, all of Phoenix, AZ; Louise Torrance of Torrington, WY; and Cindy and Jerry Leaverton of Henrietta, Tx.

In addition to her beloved husbands Don and Sid, Grace was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jane Reed Frank, brother Dr. J.E. Reed; and her cherished son-in-law Dan Pope.

Special thanks to her doctors and caregivers who enhanced her quality of life including: Marie Mbilu, Audrey Pierce, Brandy and Adam Meierhofer, Hazel Rayne; Dr. Shounak Das, Melissa Reed, Julie Jones and Kelly Ayotte at Bethany Home Health Care; Maryanne Martinez, Sandra Martinez, Lupe Rodriguez, Yole Davila Andel, Dr. Patrick Hogan, Dr. Lucy Kormeier and Ben Perez.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, June 1, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, 1127 Third Street, Rosenberg, TX, with Rev. John Black and Rev. Jack Albright officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Rosenberg, TX.

Viewing will be 9 - 10 AM Friday, June 1, 2012, at the church, for one hour preceding the funeral service.

Serving as active Pallbearers will be Jay Traylor, Frank Fojtik, Danny Norris, Tony Egenberger, James Flieller, and Paul Turner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert J."Big" Bird, Charles Frank, C.W. "Bud" Grant, William "Junior" Hartlage, John Taylor, and Ben Perez.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Rosenberg, 1106 Fourth St., Rosenberg, Tx 77471; or the Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Tx., 76708.

Condolence messages may be written for the family at

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671. 
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  Sidney Dalton Talley (1914 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 02, 2012
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Grace <i>Reed</i> Talley-Redifer
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Grace <i>Reed</i> Talley-Redifer
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Grace <i>Reed</i> Talley-Redifer
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