On October 17, 2017 the residents and staff at Abbeville Nursing Home along with family, celebrated the 100th Birthday of Grace Arant Bowen Utsey.
Grace was born October 17, 1917 to Allye and Shedrick Arant.
She mothered three children: Lynda Bowen, Paul Bowen, JR, and Judy Anne Bowen.
Grace was music teacher and voice teacher in Abbeville and the surrounding areas for many years. She played both the piano and violin.
She is also known for her love of painting and artwork.
In her earlier years, she painted lamps for Actress Joanne Woodward’s mother and mother-in-law of Paul Newman.
Her goal at 100 is to “go back to work.” A quote that describes how Grace thinks and lives is: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what bank account had in it, what sort of house you lived in, or what kind of car you drove but that the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”