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Former resident Grace Moulds, 102, dies

Grace Elvira Moulds at 100th birthday party

Grace Elvira Moulds at 100th birthday party

She was an indefatigable bundle of energy, bursting with smiles, willing to do anything that needed to be done and game for fun, whatever and wherever it might be–Grace Elvira Moulds lived life to the hilt.
A long-time resident of Glen Ellyn, she died Feb. 6, three weeks short of her 103rd birthday, in Wisconsin’s Fall Creek Valley Nursing Home. Mrs. Moulds, who enjoyed good health and an active life almost to the end, resided in the nursing home for about 15 months after living seven years in Mount Washington, an assisted living facility in Eau Claire, Wis.
During this time, her daughter, Susan Roller, who lives in Fall Creek and was her companion and care giver, said, “Her love of people enriched so many lives…she had a positive spirit that lasted up to the very end and made our world a better place.”
Mrs. Moulds and her husband, Robert, who passed away in 1993, lived in Glen Ellyn from the 1930s into the 1970s, spending their early years in town before moving to the 250-acre Butterfield Farm, located just north of the Morton Arboretum on the corner of Rt. 53 and Butterfield Road.
They became “snowbirds” in the 1970s, wintering in Lighthouse Point and Deerfield Beach, Fla., while spending summer months in Cable, Wis., where they owned a cabin on Lake Namekagon.
Mrs. Moulds was active in the Coasterettes, a lady’s charitable group affiliated with the Shrine organization in Florida. Mrs. Moulds was active in the Parent Teachers Association, the Glen Ellyn Women’s Club, Welcome Wagon and numerous other charitable and social organizations.
They were adventurers–from their honeymoon in the wild back country of Mexico to their retirement years, when they boarded cargo steamers to ports in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific.
During their years in Glen Ellyn, they raised a family of three boys and a girl, all of whom went to Benjamin Franklin Grade School, G.E. Junior High School and Glenbard High School.
Mrs. Moulds loved dogs and enjoyed breeds of all kinds, schnauzers, great Danes, labs and for years bred cocker spaniels while living in Glen Ellyn.
She also had an affinity for bright colors, especially with her cars—fire engine red—and clothes. “There’s enough darkness and gloom in the world,” she once said, “and come hell or high water, I’m not adding to it if I don’t have to.”
She drove fast, sometimes running through a stop sign. “I’ll stop there twice next time,” she’d quip.
Born in Chicago Feb. 24, 1909 , Mrs. Moulds was the daughter of magazine publisher Chester A. Patterson and his wife, Grace Elvira. Because she shared the same name as her mother, she used her middle name Elvira to avoid confusion during her early years. She attended Chicago schools but graduated from Principia, a private school in Elsah, Ill.
Mrs. Moulds is survived by her daughter Susan, and sons, Warren, William and John; son-in-law Peter Roller; daughters-in-law JoAnn and Sharon; half brother, Wallace Patterson (Lynn); half sister, Nancy Wallace (Gordon); seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Mrs. Moulds was preceded in death by her loving husband Bob; brother-in-law Richard (Simone); half brother, Stuart Patterson; and her parents.
A memorial service will be held July 4th at the family’s cabin in Cable, Wis.
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