Mrs. Gracy George, lovingly known to so many as Gracy Aunty or Gracyamamma, was known for her incredible ability to make special bonds with people. She truly believed that God intended for us to build meaningful relationships and be in community with one another. Her faith, family, and many communities she was a part of, were the inspirations for how she lived her life.
Gracy's foundation was her Orthodox faith. She loved to participate in the Holy Qurbana, pray the daily prayers, and engage in all aspects of church life. Gracy was one of the founding members of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C. and served on the church's managing committee and as an office bearer for the Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam on numerous occasions. Church was one of the places where she felt the purpose to be a mom to those who needed a mom, be a sister to those who needed a sister, and be a friend to all. She would be the first person to reach out to a newcomer and welcome them with sincerity and love. Gracy and her husband, P.V. George - lovingly called Georgekutty, were well known for being "adoptive parents" to those whose parents were not physically close. They both served as advisors and counselors to so many in need of their support and wisdom. Gracy felt that God was using her to show love and encourage that kind of love in others.
Gracy's family in Kerala was where she developed this value of relationship building. She was one of five children and was very close to all of them and their families. Her parents fostered her desire to know others, know their needs and help them achieve their goals. Her family encouraged her education and personality of being curious about the world around her. She was an avid reader, constantly reading fiction as well as non-fiction, became a budding yogi, and adored all creatures, great and small. She learned from setbacks and disappointments and used these experiences to grow from and share with others the knowledge she learned.
Gracy's community expanded beyond her thriving church relationships to include her work friendships, neighborhood, and family members. She worked for 36 years as a medical technologist at The George Washington University Hospital and loved every moment of her career, including mentoring and training others to follow in her footsteps. She was an extrovert and thrived on her personal interactions. She made strong bonds with people that lasted throughout her life. She cherished the details that were entrusted to her and loved each person fully.
She served as a mother figure to so many, which included her nieces, nephews, and was blessed to serve as a Godmother to her grandniece, Mary Mathew. Her most beloved role was as a dedicated mother to her three children and five grandchildren and extended loved ones who were her truest pride and joy. Her closest relationship was with her beloved Georgekutty, her husband, best friend, and love of her life. They lived their lives similarly with great love and respect for faith, family, and community. In the Heavenly Realm, they will be together with their Lord, undoubtedly continuing to bring love and light to us on earth.
Gracy is survived by her three children, Bindu, Joseph, his wife Risha, and Sarah, and her five grandchildren Isaac, Adam, Grace, Zaccheus, and Theodore. Her family and interwoven communities will continue to honor her life by making connections with others, especially those who are lonely, new, or just need a little love.