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BARNWELL, S.C. - Grace Maude (Jackson) Tripp, 85, of Barnwell, South Carolina, passed away on Sept. 6, 2017, at her residence.
Grace was born in North Pharsalia, on June 5, 1932, the daughter of the late Leslie M. and Maude Violet (Ellsworth) Jackson.
She graduated from Truxton High School in 1950.
After school, Grace worked for several different area businesses and manufacturing companies.
Grace met her beloved husband, Donald R. Tripp, when they worked together for the Chesebrough-Ponds Co. in Oriskany Falls. They were married on Oct. 8, 1966, in Oneida.
A few years later, after Don went into long haul trucking, he taught Gracie how to drive. She was the first woman in New York State to test for and get a commercial drivers license (CDL). They went on the road together as a team for 20 years, covering the United States and parts of Canada. Their last employment in the years leading up to their retirement in 1989, was driving for Chem Nuclear Systems of Barnwell, South Carolina.
After their retirement, she and Don enjoyed a trip to Israel together. Gracie loved taking care of her home, gardening, cooking and baking. She was also an excellent seamstress and made many of her own clothes. For a time, Gracie taught vegan cooking classes at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Aiken, South Carolina, where she was a member for more than 20 years. She and Don also rescued and cared for several dogs over the years that were precious companions to them.
Grace was predeceased by both her parents; brother, Fred Leslie Jackson; sister, Marion (Jackson) Underwood; an infant son, and her husband, Donald Tripp. She is survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews; including a niece, Sue (Vredenburg) Ochse of Porter Corners, and nephews, David McCoy of Otego and John McCoy, Lance Vredenburg and Chris Vredenburg, all of Oneonta; as well as several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Burial will take place in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, at the McCoy-Tripp plot, at 11 a.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 18. There will be a brief graveside memorial service with family members in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Grace may make a donation to a local Seventh Day Adventist Church, ASPCA, or Humane Society.
Published on October 10, 2017
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