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Grace Frances Lotts
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Grace Frances Lotts, went to her forever home surrounded by her family July 17, 2018. She was born in Akron, Ohio in 1933, as the only child of William Paul Howard and Laura Ava Elizabeth Thigpen Howard. The family moved, bringing along Grace's favorite pony, Tilly, to Woodlawn, Virginia when Grace was a young teenager. As a fervent young Christian she accompanied her pastor to the outlying small churches and played the piano for their choirs. She graduated from Woodlawn High School and set off to LewisGale School of nursing, fulfilling her life-long calling as a nurse.

Once in nursing, she was swept off her feet by A.L. "Pete" Lotts, a handsome Virginia Tech Military Cadet and Engineering student. His cousin, Flo, also in nursing school, set the two up on a blind date. Little did they know this date would last a lifetime!

Grace had a long and distinguished career in nursing. Always growing and always reaching for the next challenge, she helped open the first cardiac care unit at St. Mary's in Knoxville, where she served as the Night Supervisor for many years. Grace taught nursing in a creative pilot program at Rule High School, and was thrilled to pass on her love of nursing! She completed her career as head of Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.

However, what Grace was most proud of was her volunteer work. Grace worked passionately with the League of Women Voters to confront social issues, and empowered both men and women to improve the Knoxville community. Grace led a very active spiritual life, serving as a Youth Group Leader and a champion of Newcomers and New Mothers at various churches throughout her life. She adopted the downtrodden, the hopeless, and those who most needed encouragement. Active in mission work, she traveled to Russia, Israel, and Guatemala.

Grace fully embraced her name, and to know her was to feel and experience the love and sweetness of the grace of God. From birth and until the moment she took up her residence in heaven she was selfless, a force of positive passion, and giving to anyone she touched.

And yes, the A.L. Lotts School in West Knoxville was named after her husband of 64 years. This honor was given to him and shared by her for their many years of service as Chair of the Knox County School Board. Concerned about the crowded conditions, their priority was to build schools and promote public education.

In their most recent season, Grace and Pete attended church at Daystar in Lenoir City, pastored by Keith Price.

Grace battled Alzheimers for many years but never lost her sweet spirit that was grateful for every kindness shown to her. Her name truly summed up every bit of her engaging personality. She continued to sacrifice her needs for family, even up to the last moments of her life. Absolutely amazing she was! She went to heaven moments after her family sang a contemporary version of Amazing Grace to her.

Grace leaves Pete to shepherd their large family of children, Deborah Lotts Korlin, married to Michael Erich Korlin of Sevierville, Patricia Lotts Michaels married to Gordon Elliott Michaels of Farragut, Dr. Michelle Lotts Jester of Knoxville, and Marcella Lotts Merritt married to Michael Merritt of Farragut; their grandchildren, Daniel Joseph Jester, married to Krystal Jester; Jessicah Christin Tolar, married to Ben Tolar; David Michael Vincent Korlin; Bryan James Jester; Nicholas Michael Jester; Alexandria Mikael Knight; Chelsea Michaels Rathke, married to Edward Rathke; Gregory Charles Montana Korlin; Lydiah Grace Merritt; Rachel Angela Michaels Ely, married to John Korey Ely; Amber Dawn Brown, married to Corey Brown; Natalie Hope Merritt; as well as great grandchildren, Jack, Ephrym, Evee, Gideon, Landen, Dylan, Devin, Lucas, Sophia Grace, Aubree, Avery, and Mason.

Grace has moved her gift of hospitality to heaven where we are sure she is fully employed and already dancing with the angels. Serving appetizers to the saints and catching up with her and your family members! I am sure she will be part of organizing the last banquet of which the invitation has gone out and I know her hope is that we will all join her and Jesus very soon.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday with a service to celebrate Grace's life to immediately follow at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Daystar Church for the creation of a garden of Grace and Prayer to be completed in her honor. P.O. Box 587 Lenoir City, TN 37771.

Click Funeral Home, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Lotts family.

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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel

11915 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934





6:30 PM
Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel

11915 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

Family will also greet friends following the service.


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