|Grace was born June 23, 1892 to James and Carrie Hartt
MacPhail. Grace, after finally getting free of the family
store, went to Boston, Mass., where at the age of 32
she enrolled in the school of nursing at the Peter Brent
Brigham Hospital. She had wanted to become a nurse
from an early age, but her father would not permit it.
When it became apparent that the MacPhail General
Store would not survive long after Jamesí death, her
mother encouraged Grace to take up nursing. She
stayed on at the hospital after graduation and
eventually became matron at the school of nursing,
where she remained until her retirement some thirty
She never married, and was much loved Aunt to all the
family. She had snow-white hair from her thirties on.
She loved to socialize and visited with various family
members regularly. She retired to Pembroke until she
decided that with failing eyesight she would sign
herself up for a nursing home in Prince Edward Island
close to her youngest sister Mary. She died there in
1984 at the age of 92, and is buried in the family plot
with her parents in the Perth Cemetery.