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VERO BEACH, Fla.— Grace Tatum Vitez, 78, of Vero Beach, died June 10, 2014, at her home in Vero Beach.

Grace was born in White Oak, N.C. and lived in Vero Beach for 26 years coming from Kearneysville, WV.

She was a graduate of White Oak High School, White Oak, NC Class of 1954.

Grace was a veteran of the United States Army.

She was a member and Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Vero Beach.

Survivors include her companion, Donald L. Gates of Vero Beach; children, Karen Christ (Pete) of Ft. Wayne IN, Dennis Vitez (Robin Shockey) of Satellite Beach, FL, Mark Vitez of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Susan Vitez of Frederick, MD, Thomas Vitez of New Symrna Beach, FL, Phyllis Hernandez of Huntingtown, MD and Barry Vitez (Sheri) of Littlestown, PA; brother, Jack Tatum (Dot) of Falmouth, VA; cousins, Laurie and Richard Smith of White Oak, NC and George Council of White Oak, NC; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Vitez and brothers, Samuel Tatum and Charles Tatum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White Oak Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, White Oak, NC 28399 in memory of Grace Tatum Vitez.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, June 16, at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

A graveside service with military honors conducted by the United States Army Honor Guard will be held Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m. in the Davis-Melvin Cemetery, Burney Road, White Oak, Bladen County, NC.

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