After battling cancer, beloved Elder of the Penticton Indian Band Grace Greyeyes died on Friday, Nov. 24.
Greyeyes was a well-respected Elder and a familiar face around the community. She spoke at Penticton’s graduation ceremonies, took part in Pow Wows, and offered prayers for many events including the the rainbow-two spirit crosswalk in Penticton.
An outpouring of support for her family and tales of Greyeyes’ impact on people’s lives have been shared on social media.
A celebration of Greyeyes’ life was held on Nov. 27, and her burial is scheduled for Nov. 28.
The community’s support helped Greyeyes earlier in 2023 to complete her bucket list wish of going to a Pow Wow in Oahu, Hawaii.
A survivor of the horrific experiences of the residential school system, Greyeyes later worked as a registered nurse at Penticton’s Regional Hospital before retiring.
More to come.