1916 ~ 2012
Grace Shock, 96 of Austin, born in Marshall, Ark., in 1916. She was the daughter of sharecroppers in southern Oklahoma.
She graduated in 1938 with a bachelor of arts degree in education from OSU in Edmond, Okla., and married Clarence Shock that same year.
They moved to Colorado in 1939. They bought a 36-acre farm in 1949 which is her present home on Hwy. 65. They raised and sold chickens, eggs, fruit, produce and cream to the Eckert Creamery.
She was also a teacher at Cedaredge Junior High and a first aid instructor, 4-H leader and active in local politics. In 1980 she headed a group which attempted through ballot petition to disincorporate the Town of Orchard City. In 1966, as chairwoman of the Surface Creek Republicans Club, she gave a speech opposing America's involvement in Vietnam which proved to be prophetic.
In 1995 she supervised the building of Shock Villa Apartments in Eckert and became the landlady.
She died March 4 at her home after a fall. She has been cremated. There will be an open house memorial at her home all day March 16 through 20. Friends and neighbors welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her parents, a brother and a sister, all of Oklahoma.
She is survived by a son, James; a grandson, Lucas Shock and his wife Melissa of Austin; and five great-grandchildren, Elly Shock, Tyln Shock, Alexa Robidoux, A.J. Robidoux and Anthony Shock, all of Austin.
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