Mrs. Iva Grace (Taylor) Gilford
- August 29, 2012
- Topsfield, Massachusetts
of Iva's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Danvers Breast Health Center, one of GAC's Favorite Charities. Please mail contributions to Beverly Hospital at the Danvers Breast Health Center, C/O Northeast Health Systems, Development Office.
Danvers Breast Health Center
50 Cummings Center, Suite 6500
Beverly, MA 01915
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“Thank everyone whom are leaving such wonderful thoughts and prays for our family. I read them to papa. Thank you again she is truly missed and loved.
1 of 18 | Posted by: heather ross - topsfield, MA
“Gilly & Family (Especially Polly),
I am truly saddened to receive the news of Gracie. It just seems like yesterday I was speaking with her. What joy...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Skip & Diane Davis (Patton) - GA
“Gilly, Jim, Polly and Marsha,
We are all thinking of you at this sad time and praying that you will find strength in knowing that Grace is...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: The Schilling Family - Topsfield, MA
“For many years at Gil's Grocery when I came through the door and I can see and hear Mr. and Mrs. Gilford's greeting to me and said "Hi, Christina"...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Christina Rolsma - Topsfield, MA
“I know of no words that can express our feelings for your loss. You have been a part of our family for so many years. Even though we no longer...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Michael & Barbara Tierney - NY
“My Nana was my heart and soul. I will miss our nightly calls, and how whenever I came in to visit she would say, "oh how I misses you!" Nana had a...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer Harney - Topsfield, MA
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7 of 18 | Posted by: heather ross - topsfid, MA
“Dear Gil, Jimmy, Marsha and Polly,
May each treasured memory bring you comfort and peace.
Though no words can hurry what you're going through,...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dean, Hawley, Bill, Ross, and Sarah Harwood - MA
“Sincere condolences to all my extended family. We are sorry to hear of Aunt Grace's passing. Aunt Grace was the last surviving member of my mother's...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Roy Saunders - Nephew
“Our deepest sympathy to Grace's family and loved ones. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor; she will be greatly missed!
10 of 18 | Posted by: Kathie and Kira Clark
“Dearest Polly (and family). My sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. Through life, we accumulate many memories and I will always...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Carla Pizzano - friend
“Uncle Elbridge, Polly, Marsha and Jimmy - We have all been so lucky in our lives that we were loved by Grace. Not only my Aunt and my Godmother, she...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Joyce (Gilford) Knarr - Topsfield, MA
“Grace was a wonderful neighbor and had such a great outlook on life!
13 of 18 | Posted by: Ellen Gaskell - Topsfield, MA
“To the family, my most sincere sympathy in your loss. May you celebrate her life with warm memories.
I fondly remember growing up and going to ...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Leslie Mac Cormack
“Mr. Gil, Jimmy, Polly, Marsha, Jen, Heather, and families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What fond memories of the good times spent...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: David Johnson
“Our hearts go out to you & yours at the difficult time. My husband and I were so very sorry to learn of your loss. Not being a native of Topsfield...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Dona (Massarone) Hopkins - MA
“So many wonderful memories we all have of family and personal times spend with Aunt Grace and Uncle Gil over the years. As we celebrate her life...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Rowe Fowlie - Ellijay, GA
“My Darling Girlfriend and loving daughter. Your love and comfort that you gave your Mom, not just in these last weeks and months, but for life --...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sharon Thomas - Friend of Marsha
TOPSFIELD- Mrs. Iva Grace Gilford was born on November 7, 1918 in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada, to Isabel and James Taylor. She came to the United States at the age of 21 to visit a sister. She met a wonderful family who needed a nanny for a baby they were expecting and she stayed with them for many years until she met her husband, Elbridge "Gilly" Gilford. After a few months of dating, they got engaged and then married on Easter Sunday, April 1950. They have three children and a store in Topsfield, Gil's Grocery.
Grace is survived by her husband of 62 years, her daughter Marsha Robinson and her husband John, her daughter Polly Croteau, her son Jim Gilford and his wife Martha, her sister-in-law Marion Taylor, her granddaughters Jennifer, Heather, Emma, her great grandchildren Hannah, Scott, William, and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers, Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the Congregational Church of Topsfield, East Common St., Topsfield, Saturday at 10 a.m.. Following the service all are invited to a collation at the Emerson Center, 9 East Common St., (Directly across the Town Common)Topsfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Danvers Breast Health Center, one of GAC's Favorite Charities. Please mail contributions to Beverly Hospital at the Danvers Breast Health Center, C/O Northeast Health Systems, Development Office, 50 Cummings Center, Suite 6500, Beverly, Ma 01915.