Grace's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Grace Elizabeth (Bernard) Rattray, 86, born on November 29, 1928 in Willimantic, ME, passed away Saturday morning, March 21, 2015 at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, Elmer James Rattray.

Grace worked at Zayre Department Store in Presque Isle for many years and was an assistant manager when she retired. She loved to spend weekends with her family at their camp on Portage Lake, ME.

She is survived by her long time companion, Phil Knowlton of Woodland, ME; a son, Dan Rattray and his wife Cindy of Shelbyville, KY; a daughter, Diana Rattray Lawhon and her husband Loy of Scarborough, ME; sisters, Freda Marquis of Auburn, ME and Ruth Merritt of Wells, ME; grandchildren, Shannon Demers of Pembrook, NH, Sean Demers of Iowa City, IA and Kevin Demers of Warwick, RI; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Grace was also predeceased by her parents Edward and Jessie (Doten) Bernard; brother Edward Bernard; and sisters, Dorothy and Janet Bernard.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, Maine Chapter, 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to the American Lung Association in Maine, 122 State St, Augusta, ME 04330. Online condolences may be expressed at
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