Lillian Norah Grace Skanes Green (nee Whiteway)

January 9, 1932 to February 7, 2020


With broken hearts, we announce that Lillian Norah Grace Skanes Green (née Whiteway) died peacefully in the home of her daughter in St. John’s on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Grace brought joy, unconditional love and meaning to the lives of her children Deborah (David Craig), Alison (James Anstey), Victoria (Trevor Arbuckle), Robert (Brenda) and Heather (Gordon Penny) as well as many nieces and nephews. Grace was grandmother to eleven: Robyn (Alfred Sanford), Erin (Trevor Lewis), Laura (Luke Kroeker), Kathryn (Michael Simone), Kyle, Jonathan (Lisa), Robert, Ian (Katrina), Jenny (Michael Cotter), Stefanie (Mark Noseworthy), and Ronnie (Britany) and a great-grandmother to ten: Logan, Georgia, Jaxon, Brody, Jake, Felicity, Elliot, Judah, Kate and Nora. She is survived by her dearly loved brother Randolph (Jean, deceased), brothers-in-law Gerald (Maude, deceased), and Graham (Verna). She is preceded in death by her first husband Walter Gordon Skanes and her second husband Frank Green.

Grace Whiteway was born on January 9, 1932 in Bishop’s Falls to Lillian and Josiah Whiteway. Grace worked in the lady’s department in the family business and volunteered as an organist at St. Andrews Anglican Church for 40 years before moving to St. John’s in 2013. Highly active in her youth, she enjoyed skiing, skating, biking, swimming, and walking and passed on traditions in sewing and baking. She embodied and taught warmth, generosity, and putting others’ needs ahead of her own.

Cremation has taken place. The funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Teresa’s Church in St. John’s with a reception to follow immediately afterwards at her daughter Deborah’s home. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Grace’s life. No flowers by request. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Seniors Resource Centre, 243 Topsail Rd., St. John’s, NL A1E 0G5. Condolences may be sent to Carnell’s website

The family would like to thank Ms. Denise Cahill, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Roger Butler, Dr. Khalid Jat, Ms. Jennifer Williams, Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Kellie Collins RN BN, Ms. Erin Nugent RN BN, Ms. Amy Stacey, physiotherapy assistant, the community nursing staff, the palliative care team, and many others for their excellent care and dedication to Grace along her journey.

“Wherever you are, wherever you go,

Always remember and always know

That drifting cloud?  That’s me thinking of you.

That butterfly on your shoulder? That’s me hugging you.

That bright sun?  That’s me beaming at you.

That soft breeze? That’s me kissing you.

That feeling you always have in your heart? That’s me loving you.”


(from “That’s Me Loving You” by Ms. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, published by Random House, New York.  We are grateful to Random House for kindly granting us permission to use this excerpt).



11:00am, Saturday February 22nd

St. Teresa's Parish
120 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John's


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To: Debbie and all your family, I was very saddened to hear recently of the passing of your dear mother. She was a very lovely woman and a dear friend of mom’s. I remember her fondly when you and I hung around together and I spent time at your home and also knowing her through mom and her playing at church too. She was an inspiration after your Dad died so young in how well she raised such a lovely family despite the challenges of single parenting.. Over the many years that I lived away I was always really happy to see her when I visited home and went to church. Thinking of you all and sending hugs your way. I know you all are strong like your mother and will get through this difficult time. May those treasured memories of her bring you much comfort and peace. xoxo

My deepest condolences to the whole family. Memories are precious, hold those close to your heart. Love and hugs to all.

To my dear cousins, Deborah, Alison, Vickie, Robert and Heather and their families. My deepest condoleances to you all. I have such fond memories of Aunt Grace and in particular the summers vacations we spent at your home in Bishop’s Falls. Aunt Grace always made room for us all and we always felt so welcome. I will always remember her fondly. May she rest in peace.

To Deborah and the Skanes family. I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Grace’s passing. I last met Aunt Grace and Frank in 2005 when I drove home for a visit. They both came to Dad’s house to see me. It was so lovely to see her again after many years. She had not changed at all from my memory of her, a very caring and compassionate lady. My thoughts are with you all.

To Debbie, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing..Guess we won’t be driving to Bishop Falls anymore! Keep your happy memories close.

Deborah and family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

To Deborah, David and family. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I am unable to attend Mass tomorrow because I am out of the Province but I will be thinking of you.

Deborah and family,
My condolences on the passing of your mom. With every visit it was obvious how much you all loved her and cared for her so well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tammy Curtis, RN BN

Deborah and David your loving care of Grace sustained her life, and gave you all the gift of time to experience the joy of her love.
Find peace in the knowledge that her life was better because of you.
Well done faithful servants.

Barry and Kim

Dear Deborah
Our Sincere Sympathy to you and your family on your Mom’s passing.

To the family of the late Mrs. Grace Green.
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your loved one. I came to know Mrs. Green when I moved to Bishop’s Falls in 1997. She was an organist in our church. She was dearly loved by all who knew her. A lovely lady. May she rest in peace.

Selina Parsons

To the Skanes Family ; So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing . So many memories of growing up in Bishop’s Falls came flooding back to me today . Your mom was such a sweet lady . Remember your loved one will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort will always be as close as a prayer . .

Deborah, so sorry to read about your mom’s passing and for the grief you are feeling. Condolences to your family.

I remember you telling me you in 2013 you were bringing your mom into town to be closer. She was very lucky to have you. You are exceptional. I didn’t meet your mom but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and I have no doubt your mom was remarkably strong and loving.

Take comfort in your memories, keep smiling, and continue your kindness. All the best on this difficult journey.