Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Grace Townsend

Born: 07/12/1919 Died: 09/08/2011 Maiden Name: Smith Honorific: n/a

Grace Burkett Townsend, 92, passed away on Sept. 8, 2011, in Durant. Grace was born June 12, 1919, in Pollard, the daughter of James Henry and Leona (Sanford) Smith. She had lived in the Boswell area for many years before moving to Durant. She raised 10 children, in addition to working at the Wanda Ruth Skating Rink in Jay and the Tin Top Café in Boswell. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Grelie Burkett and Leroy Townsend; and one son, Darrell “Coonie” Burkett. Grace is survived by children, Travis Gene Burkett with wife Alma of Portor, Texas, Ben Burkett and Leonard Kowalski, both of Houston, Burl Burkett with wife Carla of Silo, James Burkett of Hillsboro, Texas, Noel Burkett with wife Tammie of Blue, Billie-Faye and Wesley Grynkiewicz of Hartfort, Conn., Eva Dean and Derek Brazier of Magnolia, Texas, Nona Darough of Lockhart, Texas, and Ona Mae Strain of Durant; sisters, Netti Shouse of Tulsa, and Jimmy Shouse of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.