Grace DeCann Safford, 87, formerly of Murray Street, died on Friday, July 12, 2013 in Montara, Calif.

Grace DeCann Safford, 87, formerly of Murray Street, died on Friday, July 12, 2013 in Montara, Calif.

Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18  Schulz-Pusateri Funeral Home, 103 Maple Court in Newark. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19 at the funeral home with Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery next to her beloved husband of 31 years Walter H. Safford.

Memorials may be made in Grace's name to Pathways Hospice, 395 Oyster Point Boulevard, Suite 128, S. San Francisco, CA 94080.

Grace was born April 19, 1926 in Cromhall (County of Gloucester), England, daughter of Frederick Thomas and Lena (Batty) Dunn. She married Elmer DeCann in the Church of England in Cromhall on April 5, 1944. Grace was the first English War Bride to arrive in Newark after World War II on February 10, 1946. She became a United States Citizen on November 10, 1952. She was predeceased by Elmer DeCann on November 28, 1973. While in England during the war Grace worked in a munitions factory in Yate. She became a Registered Nurse, graduating from the Community College of the Finger Lakes on June 4, 1972. She then returned to work at the Newark Developmental Center. Grace belonged to the Women's Auxiliary at both the VFW and the American Legion.

Grace is survived by her three children, Phillip DeCann of Oroville, Calif., Randy (Janet) DeCann of Oroville, Calif. and Sally (Dave) Long of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; along with Walter's seven children, Beverly of Canandaigua, Terry, Steven (Sue), Gail (Barb), Sandra, Brian (Becky) all of Newark and Charlene Volpe (Carlos) of North Bangor; also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as her siblings Gladys Downs of Wotten-U-Edge, England, Margaret Strange of Yate, England, Bill (Pat) Dunn of Wanganui, New Zealand, Gordon of Orkney, Scotland and Diane Harris of Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Grace had 31 wonderful years with her husband, Walter H. Safford. She was predeceased by him on June 20, 2009.