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Grace Arlene Jackson was born October 5, 1924 in rural Ringgold County, near Kellerton, Iowa and departed this life peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Grace was the fifth of six children born to Katheryn M. Webb and Mervyn G. Jackson. Grace grew to womanhood and attended elementary and high school in Ringgold county. From 1942 to 1946 Grace taught school in one-room schools through the rural school system of Decatur and Ringgold counties:  Zion, Tingley and Athen.

In 1946 Grace was united in marriage to Virgil Lewis Foster and moved to Des Moines. Before that marriage dissolved, Grace and Virgil had one son, Dana Lewis Foster. Grace loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Grace was employed with the Iowa State Department of Public Health from 1952 to 1958. She was employed by Iowa Farm Bureau from 1958 until her retirement in 1983. At Farm Bureau she worked in the ‘machine unit’ which was the early form of computers. After retirement Grace moved back to Kellerton into the Jackson family home.

Grace enjoyed family history, writing letters to relatives near and far to gather ancestry information.  With that research Grace was able to provide eligibility memberships with the following organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sovereign Colonial Society of Americans of Royal Descent (eligibility for membership is based on lineal descent from one or more kings), the National Society of the Magna Charta Dames (eligibility for membership is based upon lineal descent who signed the Magna Charta) and the Plantagent Society (eligibility for membership is based upon lineal descent from one or more of the Plantagenet Kings of England).

Grace was baptized on May 14, 1944 at the Church of Christ in Kellerton. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, W.J., Gilbert, Oran and Rex, and sister, Eileen Miller.

Celebrating her life are her son, Dana (Marlys) Foster; grandson, Daniel Lewis (Amy) Foster; granddaughter, Rebecca Faye (John) Foster Tank; great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Nattalie and Daniel Tank and Zachary and Zoie Foster; nieces; nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

The visitation will be held 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines, with a dessert reception to follow. Burial for Grace will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton.

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