Grace was born Nov. 17, 1951 in Battle Creek, Miss. to Jesse Vincent and Welcome Beatrice (Hanes) Pollard. She grew up in Michigan, moved to Arizona and then graduated in 1969 from College High School in Bartlesville, Okla. Grace received a Bachelor’s Degree from American University in Rapid City, S.D. and her teaching certificate from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla. She earned a Master’s in Education from MidAmerican Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.
Grace married Thomas R. McNaney on Aug. 9, 1974 in Bartlesville, Okla. They settled in Gardner in August of 1999. For the last 11 years, she worked at Gardner Edgerton High School as the Graphic Design teacher. Before that, Grace worked at Harrison Jr. High, Great Bend Senior High and Olathe Pioneer Trail.
She was a member of the Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Olathe.
Grace loved her family, especially investing in the lives of her grandchildren. Grace had a passion for teaching and played an active role in her students’ lives. Grace’s other love was the Kansas City Royals. She was dearly loved by family and friends.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas, of the home; children, Kandi Lyn (Mark) Molder, of Bartlesville, Okla.; DeAnn Rene’ (Josh) Nichols, of Muskogee, Okla.; Everette Wade (Jenneffer) McNaney, of Gardner; Danielle Joylene (Joe) Detmer, of St. Louis, Mo.; siblings, Daniel Pollard, of San Antonio, Texas; Jerald Pollard, of Rossville, Ga. and Ray Pollard, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; grandchildren, Cameron, Grant, Luke, KateLyn, Hollie, Kali and Thomas.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Jan. 14, 2014 at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, 18320 W. 175th St, Olathe, KS 66062. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 13, 2014 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS 66030. Private family inurnment at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to MidAmerica Nazarene University for a scholarship in her name. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome