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Grace Shively Ehresman of Ravenna is celebrating her 99th birthday today. Grace was born at home in Edinburg on July 3, 1918, to Blanche and Orrie Shively. She had one sister, Ethel (Shively) Porter, and one brother, Paul Shively. When she was 3 years old they moved to Windham.
Grace taught elementary school at Windham for two years before she married Robert Ehresman, also of Windham, on June 28, 1941. They lived on S.R. 82 in Windham and had a son, Ron, who is now a retired professor from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea. He and his wife, Donna, live in Olmsted Township.
They also had a daughter, Jeanne, who retired from the Ohio Turnpike Commission as Section Clerk at the Boston Maintenance Building. She lives in Ravenna, four streets from her Mom and is with her every day to make meals and take care of day-to-day things for and with her.
Her family also includes her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pamela (Ehresman) Pennock and her husband, Bob, and sons Isaac and Sam of Plymouth, Mich., and Mark Ehresman and his wife, Kim, and children Alice, Ben and Max of Dublin, Ohio.
Grace went back to teach third grade in Windham from 1960 to 1968. She still hears from many of the students that she taught and their families.
She and Bob moved to Nelson in 1971 and then to Ravenna in 1991. Bob passed away on Nov. 19, 1996.
Grace belonged to Windham Congregational United Church of Christ from 3 years old until she was 93. She and Jeanne then followed their friend the Rev. Carol Zeh to the church she attends -- the Stow Community United Church of Christ and joined there. Grace does not go places anymore but does read her Bible and Upper Room every day.
She loves to receive "snail mail" and with her daughter's help, she tries to still keep up with many cards and greetings to family and friends.