|GRACE (CONACHER) HARTT 1904-1995
wife of Perely Hartt
Funeral service for Grace Hartt , who passed away April 28, 1995 at the Melfort Union Hospital, at the age of 91, were held from the Anglican Church in Melfort on May 2nd with Pastor Ken Neumann officiating. Interment was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Melfort.
Pallbearers were her nephews: Jim Conacher, Ken Conacher, Glen Conacher, Dale Skifton, Ralph Norum and Rick D’arcy. The organist was Grace Ellis, the soloist, Shirley Halvorson and the bagpiper, Kim Devin.
Grace Hartt was born on January 14th, 1904 to John and Mary Conacher at Lawericekirk, Kincardine County, Scotland. Grace came to Winnipeg with her parents and then on to the Fairy Glen District where she grew up, attending school and worked at various jobs. Then she met Perley Hartt and they were married on Nov. 25th, and settled on their farm and raised 7 children.
Grace and Perley’s farm was close to their son Cecil and Florence, so Grace spent a lot of time helping them with their small children, baby sitting and whatever help was needed.
Grace looked forward to her children and grandchildren coming for a visit from Vancouver Island and sometimes there would be a new addition to the family for her to see and she was very excited.
Then Grace, and her husband Perley, moved to Melfort in 1974, and after her husband passed away, she continued to live in her own house, do her own housework, walk downtown and do her own grocery shopping. She’d never take a ride, and always said, “I need the exercise”. She grew her own garden and walked to the Post Office often as she knew there would be letters from her family. She enjoyed writing to family as it kept her close to them even if far away.
Grace was a very active lady and quite strict in her ways. She had a time for bed and a very early riser. She had her day planned as to what she was going to do and she did it. She never spent time sitting around, she had a way about her and everything was in its place. Neat and tidy, she was organized at all times.
Her age never slowed her down; she never complained about anything and had a heart of gold. Grace loved coming out to the farm at harvest time and missed the farm life of hearing the frogs croaking and geese honking in springtime or just to walk around and look at the animals.
Grace was very proud of her children, she new she had done a good job of raising seven children through hard times. She was a very good wife, mother and grandmother.
She had a few Scottish specialties, which she made quite often: oatmeal cake, fried oatmeal and Scottish Scones. She had a love for Scottish music and was laid to rest by the bagpiper playing “Amazing grace” She was a Scottish lady all the way and will be missed deeply.
Grace leaves to mourn five sons: John (Verna) Hartt, Allen (Belen) Hartt, Ralph (Ruth) Hartt all of Port Alberni, B.C. Aleck (Adele) Hartt, of Campbell River, B.C., Cecil (Florence) Hartt of Fairy Glen, Sask.; one daughter Jean (Geoff) Barnard of Victoria, B.C.; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two sisters Mary Valleau and Nellie Avison and one sister-in-law Isla Hayden.
Grace was predeceased by her husband Perley Hartt on Feb. 23rd 1978, one son, Harry Hartt, February 11th 1985; two brothers, David and John Conacher; two sisters, Barbara Leek and Cecilia Johnton and three brothers-in law, Husky Leek, Clayton Avison and George Valleau.
Contributed by Jean Barnard