SOUTH HIRAM- Grace Darling (Boyd) Gilpatrick, wife of Delbert R. Gilpatrick passed away at her home after a period of declining health. She was born in Cumberland, RI., the daughter of Abraham L. and Flora E. (Hamilton) Boyd. Her family moved to Durgintown when she was a child. She was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Porter High School. Grace worked her way through college and received her Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree in Education from Gorham State Teachers College. Following college she was hired as an elementary teacher at Parsonsfield Seminary and later at the Fred Morrill School. She taught a total of forty-three years, thirty-seven of which as Principle. During her teaching career she served on the Maine Teachers Association Executive Committee and was in charge of the MEA booth at the National Education Association Conventions held in Miami FL., New York City and Minneapolis St. Paul, MN.
She married her childhood sweetheart Del, on June 28, 1952. Together they raised their sons. Grace and Del enjoyed riding, buying and selling motorcycles, antique automobiles and traveling. Especially memorable was their trip to Germany and Italy while their son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Elizabeth were stationed there.
Grace and Del, were members of Calvary Bible Church. Members of the Sacopee Valley Agricultural Fair and put on numerous parades for the fair. Grace was a founding member and volunteered many hours to the Friends of Parsem, served on the S.A.D.#55 School Board and Town of Hiram zoning board of appeals. Gracie was proud to be a lifelong Republican.
Grace is survived by her beloved husband Del of 68 years, son, Larry R. and Elizabeth of Parsonsfield, son, Garry R. and wife Debbie of Hampden. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Gwen Gilpatrick, many nieces, nephews and a neighborhood of wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings, George, Flora, Margaret and Lincoln.
Public visiting hours will be held on Thursday Oct. 15 from 4 – 6 PM at the Poitras, Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple St., in Cornish. A private family funeral service will be held prior visitation. Please be mindful of reopening restrictions, distancing and mask wearing. Burial will be at Stanley Cemetery in South Hiram at a later date. Online condolence messages can be submitted at www.mainefuneral.com
Special thanks to Pastor Dan Ahern and the church family for their support during this difficult time. We are forever grateful to Beacon Hospice for the wonderful and loving care shown to our wife and mother. Without them it would have been impossible for her to pass away in the home she so loved. In appreciation for this support anyone wishing to remember Grace may make a memorial gift to Calvary Bible Church, P.O. Box 333, Parsonsfield, ME. 04047 or to Beacon Hospice, c/o Amedisys Foundation, 52 Atlantic Place, South Portland, 04106