Grace Horn | 103 | Hayes Center, Nebraska
Grace was born on June 8, 1918 in Hayes Center, Nebraska to George Teasley, Sr. and Elizabeth Parker Teasley. On this date, there was a full solar eclipse that crossed over Nebraska; maybe this was a sign for her to live a long life.
Grace died on September 25, 2021 at her home on Sanibel at the age of 103. Days before her death, she was visited by her nephew, Gary Teasley and his wife Beverly, from Huntsville Alabama and her niece, Janice Teasley Hansen from Godfrey Illinois. During the last days of her life on earth she was comforted by her caregiver Joyce DeCamillo of almost 2 years, and several close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, of almost 60 years, her parents, her brothers Parker, Finley, and George Jr, and nieces Cynthia Day and Kathy Beutel.
She is survived by five nieces: Sandy Teasley Radliff, Carolyn Day Downs, Janice Teasley Hansen, Christy Teasley Wallendorff, Jacqueline Horn Price and 4 nephews: James Day, Gary Teasley, Finley Teasley and George Teasley III. Grace and Clarence did not have children, but they shared their love with their nieces and nephews as well as their many friends.
Before moving to Sanibel, Grace enjoyed buying, collecting, and selling antiques. Grace worked in several retail positions over her lifetime, but her favorite was working for Joe Gault, former owner of the Seahorse Shop on Sanibel Island. Joe entrusted her with buying merchandise for the store and managing the store at South Seas Plantation. She also modeled the latest clothing trends at events hosted by the resort at South Seas Plantation. She loved working in retail and her charming and gracious personality was well received by customers.
Grace was very gifted with her seashell creations and artwork and won many awards at local craft events. For many years, she and her mother would walk the beaches of Sanibel picking up shells for their collections and artwork. It was not unusual for Grace to sit on the beach, combing through a pile of shells, for hours looking for just the right ones.
Grace first read about Sanibel Island in a 1949 edition of National Geographic magazine. In the late 1950’s, she made it a point to visit the island and fell in love with its charm right away.
For many years, Grace and Clarence took responsibility for caring for her mother and father. In the mid 1960’s, Grace and Clarence started looking for a house to purchase on Sanibel that had space to accommodate her aging parents. Fortunately, they found a duplex that was perfect for both families. After her parents settled in their side of the duplex, there was no more going back and forth to Illinois for them. They remained there until their deaths.
Grace’s last wish was to die at home. During the last two months of her life, she was tended to by Hope Hospice and her beloved caregiver. The family requests that any donations in Grace’s memory be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E, Cape Coral, FL 33909.