Grace Kathryn McGrath, aged 49, of Fairfax, Virginia passed away on January 23, 2020 surrounded by family. Grace was originally diagnosed with cancer in late 2013, experienced remission after aggressively combating it with chemo and radiation, received a subsequent diagnosis in early 2019, and succumbed after another courageous fight to conquer her cancer. \n \nThe family will host an open house style gathering to come together in memory of Grace and support of each other on February 16th between 1:00 and 5:00 pm at the Penderbrook Community Clubhouse located at 3704 Golf Trail Lane Fairfax VA 22033. Grace greatly desired to make a difference for others who might be diagnosed with cancer in the future and asked that we raise money for ovarian cancer research in her name. Donations will be accepted at the gathering or can be made directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA-501(c)3 Tax ID 13-3806788, PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087 \nDirect Link: https://give.ocrahope.org/Gracie-McGrath\n\n\nAdditionally, the family will gather together this summer in Thousand Island Park New York to spread her ashes at the St. Lawrence River along with her recently departed mother's. \n \nGrace was born in Alexandria Virginia on July 16, 1970 to Margot V. Shinn and Charles J. McGrath. She graduated from George C. Marshall High School and went on to receive a degree in marketing from West Virginia University. Grace has worked in the payments industry for the last 15 years and was very proud of her work, especially her ability to solve problems for her coworkers and clients. \n \nGrace is survived by her partner of 25 years Chuck Armour, their cat Muggles, her brother Jim and his wife Erika, her sister Terri and her partner Michael Davis, her niece Erin McGrath, and her nephew Kyle McGrath along with his family Katelyn Wilder, Jade, and Ivy. \n \nGrace was a quiet person who cared deeply for her family and friends. Chuck, Grace, and Vikki were the three musketeers who lived with each other and shared many experiences together. Grace especially loved going to Charles Town to play slots and local poker nights after work. When she wasn't playing poker she enjoyed painting (especially animals), fishing, trivia games, and crafts. Backgammon on the back porch was a favorite pastime with Chuck this past year. Her sweet, positive, nature endeared her to others and her spirit will be missed.