Grace Marie (Edner) Tycksen, age 77, of Grants Pass, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Grace was born September 25, 1935, in Netarts, Ore. to George and Enid Grace Edner. She grew up and attended schools in Tillamook, Ore.

At the age of 25 she met a serviceman stationed at the Tillamook Air Force Base by the name Ronald Eugene Halley. They were married October 24 in Tillamook and moved to Newport, Ore. In Newport, Grace began her 40-year career with Pacific Northwest Bell starting as a switchboard operator and retiring in the business office as a cashier. In Newport she brought a new addition to the family, a daughter, Georjean Marie Halley. She lived most all of her life on the Oregon coast until moving to Southern Oregon where she was able to stay with Pacific Northwest Bell and settled in Grants Pass.

After many years of challenges and a divorce, Grace met and married her soul mate, Lyio Gene Tycksen, they married February 14 and would have celebrated their 34th anniversary next February. After Grace's retirement from Qwest Communications (Pacific Northwest Bell), she and Lyio traveled to many places and visited many family members until the past few years when her health started to decline.

Grace loved her family and always had enough love for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Lyio Gene Tycksen, Grace is survived by a daughter, Georjean Marie Bertrand; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Hall; and four stepsons, James Tycksen, Bill Tycksen, Scott Tycksen and Harold Tycksen; 17 grandchildren, including Charles Marshall Bertrand and Alexis Renee Bertrand; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Our family has had a great loss and we would like to thank each and every one that has sent their love and support.

A viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors. A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Hull & Hull Chapel. Private interment will be at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens. Please sign the family guest book at