Grace Kidder

Grace Robbins Kidder, 90, of Eastsound, Wash., passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2012, peacefully at her home.

She was born on July 27, 1922 in Berkeley, Calif., the daughter of Hubert and Ruth (Wilder) Kidder. Grace graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1940 and then attended Santa Anna Junior College.

She eventually transferred to UC Berkeley, her lifelong dream since so many of her cousins and her brother had graduated from there. Grace worked to put herself through school and finally graduated in 1948 with a degree in nursing.

She worked as a public health nurse and as a school nurse around Orange, LA and Ventura Counties.

When Grace moved to Washington, she worked as a private nurse for elderly people before settling on Orcas Island to retire.

On Orcas, Grace realized her goal of owning property, designing and building her home.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Grace is survived by her brother, Harry Kidder of Kent, Wash. and sister Anna Egasse in Costa Mesa, Calif., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grace was a kind, caring and generous person.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Grace, please sign the online guest register at