Grace Porter Hand, 93, Denver, N.J. Bell employee, enjoyed shore trips and gardening

By on August 20, 2014

Grace (Holman) Porter Hand, 93, of Denver, passed away at the Hospice & Community Care Mt. Joy Inpatient Unit April 25, 2014.

Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Maisie Lee (Fowler) Holman. She was the wife of the late Donald F. Hand and formerly the wife of the late William W. Porter of Hamilton, N.J.

Grace worked at New Jersey Bell Telephone for many years before retiring in 1965. She loved vacationing at the Jersey Shore with her late sister-in-law every year for over 30 years. Her other interests included many camping trips, cruises, playing cards and walking with her senior friends. Grace loved feeding birds and flower gardening in her yard. Her travels included trips to Germany, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and most of the USA.

Grace was preceded in death by her brother: Clarence “Chick” Holman; her sisters-in-law: Ursula “Uli” Holman, and Shirley Holman; her step-son: Tom Hand; and her grandson: Donald Hand.

She is survived by a brother: Wesley Holman of Columbus, N.J.; her four children: Harry Porter (Pam) of Santa Clara, Calif.; James Porter (Janice) of Pensacola, Fla.; Virginia Faber-Castell (Andreas) of Sydney, Australia; and step-daughter Donna Thorn (Thomas) of Tom’s River, N.J. Grace also leaves behind 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Grace’s devoted caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and Hospice and Community Care of Mt. Joy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver, with Rev. Timothy L. Craven officiating. There will be a time of greeting with the family and a luncheon at Weaver’s Market (banquet facility), corner of Routes 272 and 897, Adamstown, immediately following the service.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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