Margaret Grace Heath

Grace Heath 001Our beloved mother, Margaret G. Heath, known as Grace, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on May 4, 2015 at age 90. She was a Juliaetta resident.

Grace was born on April 29, 1925 at Ahsahka, Idaho, the youngest child of William and Katherine Kleinsmith. Grace spent her young childhood days to age 10 in Lewiston and attended Lewiston Normal School. At age 10, the family moved to Weippe, ID. During her adult life, she lived and raised her 11 children in Spokane, WA, Deer Park, WA, Potlatch, ID and Juliaetta, ID.

Grace Heath Younger Photo Her favorite pastimes were spent crocheting baby blankets for each of her children, grandchildren, great grand children and great great grandchildren, playing cards, working puzzles, cooking, and being an active member with her sons and grandsons “Heath Cattle” business. She also crocheted lap blankets for nursing home patients the last few years. Her family was the most important thing in her life and she was very proud of her families’ accomplishments in life. She dedicated her life to being a fulltime housewife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Family and friends had just celebrated her life on April 25th for her 90th birthday.

Grace and Gordon Heath were married in June of 1953, he preceded her in death on September 1, 2011. She is survived by 10 children, Gladys Hall (Travis) of Lewiston; Bob (Rose) of Inchelium, WA; Joy Roberts (Ernie) of Deer Park, WA, JoAnn Glenn (Fred) of Lewiston, ID; Linda Collins-Hull (Tom) of Potlatch, ID; Ren Berkoff (Steve) of Craig, CO; Wayne of Post Falls, ID; Clark (Shannon) of Juliaetta, ID; Lee (Leah) of Potlatch, ID and Gordon (Darline) of Southwick, ID. She also leaves 28 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy Loomis of Bellingham, WA along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Terry in 1988, her mother, Katherine in 1970 and a son-in-law, Ron Collins in 2006 as well as three sisters, Florence McCalmant, Gertrude Sullivan and Ida Button and 3 brothers, Bob Kleinsmith, Lee (Buck) Kleinsmith and Albert Kleinsmith.

So many hearts have been touched by the wonderful love you have given.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Pastor Kathy Kramer will officiate and burial will follow at the Southwick Cemetery.

Following the graveside service, a potluck dinner will be held at her son Gordon’s home at Southwick.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Jackson Baldwin Foundation, 3527 8th St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501; The Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Viewing will be Thursday at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

3 Responses to Margaret Grace Heath

  1. Dorothy Wray Berry says:

    Deepest sympathy to my dear cousins and their families on the loss of my Aunt Grace. She was such a special person to me and my favorite aunt. She was an inspiration in all she did, from her devotion to family to her enthusiasm for life and great sense of humor and fun. My memories of Grace go back 75 years to when I was 4yrs. old, and I always remember her as determined, strong, loyal, busy, and always a fun person to be with…who had more hobbies than anyone I know. My mom, Dot, loved getting letters from her, the last of which arrived on Tuesday, May 5th. telling her all about the wonderful birthday party.
    She will forever be missed and lovingly remembered.
    Dorothy Wray

  2. Darrah and Aleica Eggers says:

    What a wonderful lady. A great example to all the people that were fortunate enough to know her. Grace and Pops were two people that had it figured out; people and relationships are more important than “things.”


    Darrah and Aleica Eggers

  3. Keith and Darla Katzenberger says:

    To the Heath kids, sorry for your loss of Grace. I remember the summer you all came to settle in the neighborhood.
    God Bless,
    Keith Katzenberger

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