Grace Morby White Nissen
SPOKANE WASHINGTON

Grace Morby (White) Nissen
Born: June 30, 1920
Died: November 10, 2014

Our beloved Mother passed away on Nov. 10th at the age of 94 after a courageous battle with illness. Mom was born to
Clarence and Esther Morby on June 30, 1920 in Evanston, Wyoming. Mom graduated from Ogden Senior High and
worked for Walgreens Drug Store. Mom married James Howard White in 1940 and they had four children. In 1948,
Howard, who had worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, transferred to Spokane. Mom worked at Allen's Cafe and
Safeway. Later mom was hired by the City of Spokane, working in Public Works, Engineering, Accounting and finally as
Administrative Secretary for the Director of Finance. She was an officer for the Spokane City Credit Union and for the
City Employee's League. She enjoyed hosting a Christmas Breakfast for city employees for 25 years until she retired in
1982. After mom and dad divorced, she was single for 11 years. Mom married Adolf Nissen in 1978. They bought a
Winnebago RV, joined the Winnebago Club and traveled extensively. They also enjoyed trips and cruises. Adolf passed
away in 2002 after a long illness. Later mom had a new beginning when she moved to a condo nearby. She started coffee
hours and made many new friends. Mom was a member of the Mormon Church, the Woman's Club, and several lunch
groups. She especially enjoyed gardening, dancing, reading, crocheting, Bunco, tea parties, attending plays, and
organizing fun events for family and friends. She was an excellent cook and fantastic hostess. She was an intelligent,
loving, and forgiving woman. She was a tenacious warrior when dealing with many health challenges. We are thankful
for mom's caregiver, Mary, who became a close friend. We appreciate the staffs of Deaconess Wound Clinic and
Touchmark for their kind and loving care! Mom was preceded in death by her husband Adolf and son Bill. She is
survived by her children: James White, Grace (Mike) Zentz, and Bev Kraft; grandchildren: Rene, Kristi, Nathan, Scott,
and James; brother, Glen Morby; and great-grandchildren Brittney, Brooklyn, Teanna, Ares and Freya; plus many nieces
and nephews. Her Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Nov. 21 at 1 pm. Grace will be missed by
all who knew her!