Grace Lee (Carter) Gass, of Rockford, IL died peacefully at 4:35 a.m., Sunday, January 15, 2023 at home surrounded by the loving arms of her family.\n\nShe was born June 21, 1931 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brunner and Lucille (Conklin) Carter. She lived her entire life in the Rockford area. She graduated from West High School in 1949 where she lettered in softball. She married Bennie F. Gass in Rockford, IL on November 4, 1950. Together they had three daughters. She was employed as inside sales by Samuel Harris and Co. for over 20 years and by Midstate Industrial for four years. Both her and Ben were privileged to be able to retire early in life.\nShe was a Christian woman and served God faithfully her entire life. She was a member of Roscoe United Methodist Church where she participated in the MAM program and Grace Whitney Circle. She was also a member of the Greater Rockford ABWA. \n\nShe was an excellent baseball player, a talent she has passed down to many of her grandchildren. One of her most cherished achievements during her early years of life was that she played catcher for the Rockford Peaches farm team. Though she was right handed, she played all sports left handed, a skill she was proud of.\nHer love of sports and the outdoors led her to golf, which she excelled at. She golfed in several leagues including the Golfen Gals, Barwood Golf Group and the Pearl Lake Mermaids .\nShe enjoyed the outdoors and would spend every opportunity soaking up the sun. She spent many spring and autumns at the Gass family farm in East Tennessee where she helped in the fields. She loved fishing and enjoyed several trips up north with her grandkids in search of "the big one". She found pleasure in gardening, planting flowers and feeding the birds that came to her yard. She loved vacationing in Branson, Missouri with family and friends, traveling to Florida to visit her daughter and her trip to Hawaii with two of her great granddaughters. She loved attending the yearly Demolition Derby at the Boone County Fair. She also proudly attended many special events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.\nShe was an animal lover but nothing compared to her bird Sunshine. Those that knew her would tell you that there was rarely a time you would see her at home without Sunshine on her shoulder. She adored her bird so much that at the age of 75, she got his picture tattooed on her ankle. This, of course, came from a dare while vacationing in Florida with her granddaughter Chris. She was always up for an adventure and said "never dare your grandma". She also loved her grand dog Zuko who spent many nights sharing her bed and eating cheetos with her.\n\nSurvivors include daughters Joan Landreth, Clearwater, FL, Vida (Richard) Hansen, Cherry Valley, IL and Brenda (John) Fisher, Roscoe, IL; special son-in-law, Louis Wellen and his wife Monica; brother John Carter, N. Richland Hills, TX; Grandchildren: Christine and Greg Walker, her special caregivers who moved in with her allowing her to stay in her beloved home, Nikki Weldon, Erin (Bryan) Wickline, Benjamin (Audra) Wellen, Sarah (Jeff) Schleich, Lindsay (Jonathan) Smith, Joel Fisher, Andrew (Petra) Fisher and Katie (Brad) Heuer. Great Grandchildren: Amber (Justin) Emerson, Micheyla DiDomenico, Carsen and Caeleb Cox, Carter, Cooper and Cole Wellen, Tatum Higgs, Brooklyn Graham and Jack Weldon, Addison, Reece and Keaton Schleich, Asher and Zion Smith, Graham and Clark Heuer. Special great-great grandsons, Greyson, Westin and Kyland Emerson, and many nieces and nephews and countless friends. Her special Tennessee family and friends. Miss Dale and Jack. Her special adopted granddaughter, Mary Schumacher and adopted great-granddaughter, Aleecia Gray.\n\nThe family would like to extend a special thank you to Heather Hartman and the staff at Transitions Hospice as well as her caregivers Mary Jo, Shania and Ariana from Help at Home.\n\nPredeceased by her husband, Bennie Gass, and her parents and an infant brother.\n\nGod saw you were tired, weak and in pain, so He took you home in His loving arms to be reunited with your family and many friends. \n\nA Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation Rites to be Accorded. McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel assisted the family.