Grace was born in Snowflake AZ on August 23, 1929 to John and Emma Whipple. She spent time as a young girl in Fort Apache, where her dad worked for the government for ten years. Grandpa Whipple always called her his “Little Peacemaker”.
Later, the family moved to Monticello, UT, where she went to school and was very active in school and church. She later married Byron Eastin on September 16, 1948, which was solemnized in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 1960, the family moved from Monticello to Moab, UT, where she lived until her passing. Grace was a special leader to young women in the LDS ward, and spent many days with them on girl’s outings.
Her professional career started with Black Oil Company in Monticello. Upon moving to Moab, she worked as an administrator for Texas Gulf Credit Union and Grant County Credit Union (which later merged).
This experience led to her election to the office of Grand County Treasurer, which she held for many years, retiring at the age of 73.
Grace lived a long fruitful life and on her own terms. She was a very determined lady, which made her a cornerstone for the family and will not be forgotten. Family both near and far kept close to one another through her determination.
She is preceded in death by her husband Byron Eastin, sisters Nereece Johnson, Elaine Robbins, Carol Waite and grandson Scott Littlejohn.
She is survived by sister Anneva (Dan) Collins, brothers Charles (Gloria) Whipple and Loren (Joanne) Whipple, sons Terrence (Deanne) Eastin and Douglas (Cathy) Eastin, grandchildren Tricia (John) Downam, Scott (Amber) Eastin, Kim (Adam) Chrisman, Crystal Burnside, Jessica Holderness, Cody (Veronica) Ordner, Douglas B. (Chelsey) Eastin and 15 great grandchildren.
Card of thanks
The family wishes to thank all of the good friends, excellent neighbors, loving family and church members for the outstanding help and support that enriched the quality of her life.