Grace Cushing Page, a 41-year resident of Tiburon, CA, died peacefully at home on Sept. 17, 2002, after a full and robust life. She was 93. Born on Christmas Eve in Woods Hole, MA, she was an only child who forged close ties with her cousins and many lifetime friends. As a young woman during the Great Depression, she lived in Hingham, MA. On trips to Boston, where she worked, she would study the latest fashions, then return home and duplicate them on her much used sewing machine.
She met Newman W. Page at a local dance in 1940 and followed up their meeting by sending him a valentine. They were married in September the same year. Their marriage was a 57-year romance.
In 1946, the Pages moved to Port Washington, choosing that community because it had a Unitarian Church, was close to the beach and was the last stop on the commuter train route from NYC. In 1961, when American Credit Indemnity Insurance Company offered Mr. Page a position as head of the West Coast regional office, the family moved to Tiburon.
The couple loved to travel. Until Mr. Page's retirement in 1976, their chosen destinations were all around California. After his retirement, they traveled all over the world. Mrs. Page was never far from the sea or wildlife. She made a point of knowing both the Latin and common names of plants and wildlife on both coasts.
Mrs. Page was a terrific mother and grandmother and an excellent role model for her family, working with the Girl Scouts, camping, hiking, picnicking, playing badminton, swimming and collecting shells along the beaches of LI and in California, volunteering in the Asian Art Museum and Tiburon Thrift Shop and tripping with Elizabeth Terwilliger.
Her homemaking skills included furniture refinishing, canning, gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking and fine baking. She was also keen and very competitive at her favorite game of dominoes.
Mrs. Page is survived by two daughters, Sarah Page Bareau of NY and Susan Page Schneider of Tiburon; and two grandchildren, Matthew W. Schneider of Petaluma, CA, and Wendy D. Call of Greeley, CA. A gathering of family and friends celebrated her life on Sept. 22. Memorial donations may be made to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA 94920 or the WildCare Terwilliger Nature Education Center, PO Box 150930, San Rafael, CA 94975.