Grace Rayl Lett


Grace Rayl Lett, 95, of Crozet, VA, formerly of Jackson, TN, passed away on  December 22, 2016, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN  following a serious fall.  Grace lived life to the fullest, having recently celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends while visiting her daughter, Betsy Lett Adams, in Jackson, TN.  She was born December 2, 1921, in Wilmore, KY, the daughter of the Rev. C.H. Rayl  and Bessie Julia Kirk Rayl, both Methodist ministers. Grace graduated from Morehead State College in Morehead, KY in 1942. In 1943 she was recruited by the U.S. Cadet  Nurse Corp. to study nursing for the war effort and graduated from Yale University School of Nursing with a Masters in Nursing degree in 1946.

Grace and her husband, Harlon J. Lett, were married on June 15, 1947 and were blessed with 66 wonderful years together. Grace was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother, who not only cared deeply for her family but many in the community as well. She worked for several years as a head nurse at Jackson Madison County General Hospital, and in the nursery at First United Methodist Church in Jackson where Grace and Harlon were members for 60 years. Her faith was strong and all who met her felt God’s love in her presence.  Grace was creative, curious, compassionate, and a good friend to many.  She enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren, golfing with her friends, and traveling in the United States and Europe.  In 2009 Grace & Harlon moved to Crozet, Virginia to be with their daughter Cathy Lett Loman due to Harlon’s failing health.  In Crozet,  Grace made her church home at Tabor Presbyterian Church, where she was grateful  to find a welcoming community.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlon J. Lett, her parents, the Rev. C.H. Rayl & Bessie Julia Kirk Rayl, brothers John E.  & Charles W. Rayl, sister Ruth Rayl Smith, and grandson,  Robert Jeffrey Adams.

She is survived by her daughters,  Cathy Lett Loman and husband Jim, of Crozet, VA, Betsy Lett Adams of Jackson, TN, and son Robert Lett and wife Susan, of Cheyenne, WY, grandchildren Julia, Matthew, and Sophie Loman,  grandson Joshua Lett,  two sisters in law and several neices and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, or to the charity of your choice.


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