Grace Eversman Hartley died suddenly of cardiac arrest on July 13 in Indianapolis, Ind. She was 73 years old. She was born in Indianapolis to Elizabeth Eversman Hartley and Harold H. Hartley, the business editor of the Indianapolis Times. She enjoyed summers with her family on Great Cranberry Island from her early childhood. Grace attended and was graduated from the Tudor Hall School in 1967 and lived much of her life in Indianapolis. She went briefly to college and the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia and from there on she nobly fought to live a life of dignity and kindness. She wrote poetry and published her poems. She enjoyed weaving, yoga and reaching out to others to hear their stories and to see what she could do for them.
She is survived by her sister Holly Hartley; her nephew Alex Johnston and his wife, Kate Valenta, and their child, Seven; her niece, Meg Johnston; and her friend Frani Borders and her husband, Rich. She was predeceased by her sister, Vicky Johnston, and her husband, Chris. The family plans to gather on Great Cranberry Island to remember her.