Grace B. Crist

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Grace B. Crist, 91, died April 14, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living, Garden City. S h e was born March 8, 1926, in rural northwest Hamilton County, to Daniel and Erma (Schenbeck) Bruchy. She graduated as valedictorian at Holcomb High School on May 18, 1944. In 1981, she graduated cum laude from Saint Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, with a B.A. degree in business administration. In 1970, she moved to Garden City. She had various employment in Garden City including, the Garden City Municipal Airport (Garden Air, Inc.), Security Savings and Loan, and KSU Farm Management as a bookkeeper/ tax preparer. Early into retirement, she was a part-time substitute teacher for USD 457. Grace was a member of the Garden City Church of the Brethren, Finney County Historical Society, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo and the local TOPS club. She also served on the Friend School board of education; and Kansas and International Ninety- Nines, an international organization of licensed women pilots, and was very active in the local Cimarron Chapter. On Oct. 13, 1946, she married Leland Crist at Anthony. Survivors include: four children, Johnny Crist, and wife, Leveta, Danny Crist, and wife, Nancy, Mel Crist, and wife, Jane, and Jacque Crist-Dabney; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jarvis Bruchy; sisters, Lola Richards, Doris McAdams and Orrilla Stonehocker; and nephew, Troy McAdams. Funeral service was held April 19 at the Church of the Brethren, Garden City, with Von Hunn officiating. Burial was at Valley View Cemetery, Garden City. Memorials are suggested to either the Church of the Brethren or Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 North 7th, Garden City, Ks., 67846. Condolences may be posted on the funeral home website at

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