1930 ~ 2022
Grace Elizabeth Millard Gabrielsen, age 92, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2022. Born at home in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Margaret and John Warren Millard, she graduated from Upper Darby High School, and attended BYU, Utah State and Weber State, graduating as a Registered Nurse. She worked at McKay-Dee Hospital, Weber County Mental Health Services, St. Benedict’s/Ogden Regional Hospital, and Mt. Ogden Convalescent Center, and felt like she really became the nurse she wanted to be when working in the oncology unit.
Grace married Alvin Gabrielsen, Senior, and is the proud mother of five. She is survived by children, Christie (Martin) Yurth, Al (Karleen) Gabrielsen, Carol Andrews, Evan (Terisa) Gabrielsen, and Ellen King; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; and her sister, Joanne Sorrell of Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by husband, Al; son-in-law, Wade King; granddaughter, Emily King; parents; siblings and many, many lifetime friends she will be happy to see on the other side.
Grace was a loving friend and caregiver. She has volunteered at the Ogden Rescue Mission free clinic, Red Cross disaster health services (twice traveling to flood areas to provide services), Ogden City Schools as a teacher's aide, and Your Community Connection, where she taught ESL. She also volunteered at the McKay-Dee Hospital for many years. She was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in many capacities up into her 89th year; she especially loved teaching children.
She was an interesting mix of very proper (“What if you get invited to a White House dinner?”) and down-to-earth (“If it comes out of the human body, it’s been in my watch.”) She once said, “My life, as I look back, is a surprise to me. I exceeded my own expectations. I did things I would never have guessed I could do: raising five kids, finishing college, staying healthy to an old age, being married over 60 years, skiing, swimming, bicycling, hiking, fishing, camping, playing golf, square dancing, things nobody in my family ever did when I was growing up.” She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and visits with friends and family.
The family is grateful for the loving care given our mother by staff at Hidden Valley Care Center, and Rocky Mountain Hospice Services.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Logan City Cemetery. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Ward, 5735 South Crestwood Drive, Ogden, Utah.