KILMARNOCK—Grace Whitehead Broaddus of Richmond and Kilmarnock, beloved wife of William G. Broaddus for over 53 years, died on Thursday, January 11, 2018, in a Richmond hospital with her family at her side.
In addition to her husband, Grace is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth B. Scioscia and son-in-law, Dr. Tom Scioscia and their children, Ashley Grace, Colby and Brady, all of Richmond; her son, Billy Broaddus and daughter-in-law, Erin Binney, of Easthampton, Mass.; her sister, Ginger Chalkley and husband, Tom, of Richmond; her sister, Betty Richmond and husband, Rob, of Staunton; numerous nieces and a nephew, and great-nieces and nephews. She also is survived by beloved cousins, the Gruenewald family of Brownsville, Tenn.
Grace was born in Richmond in 1942, the oldest daughter of Edwin Hill Whitehead and Mary Etta Landram Whitehead. She was a graduate of The Collegiate School, a member of the last class to graduate from the downtown school and of Hollins College. She became a school librarian and put her husband through law school.
Grace was a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond, where she served on the vestry, chaired an alter guild team for many years and was active in many other capacities. She also loved attending Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock, when in residence at the river.
Grace was a member of the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.
She loved her family and continuously supported the endeavors and activities of her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed volunteering at the Massey Cancer Center, where she received the Lois Trani award for exemplary service and at the Episcopal Book Store, where she indulged her passion for her church and books.
Grace’s uncomplaining courage, never-ending good cheer and valor in fighting cancer for over 20 years, as well as other serious ailments, were truly inspirational and wonderful examples of God’s grace.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the Massey Cancer Center, MCV Foundation, 1228 East Broad Street, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA 23298, or a favorite charity.
Funeral services were held January 15 at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial followed immediately in Hollywood Cemetery.
A reception celebrating her life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February, 18, at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock.