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-Gracie Hope Van  Auken-

Gracie Hope Van  Auken, infant daughter of Brandin and Jessica (Mehmen) Van Auken, was stillborn on Saturday afternoon, June 21, 2008 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Gracie Hope was loved from the beginning and will be cherished for eternity.  She has opened our hearts to a new and more meaningful life.

Gracie Hope is survived by her loving parents, Brandin and Jessica Van Auken of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her maternal grandparents, Craig and Mardelle Mehmen of Waverly, Iowa; her maternal great-grandparents, Ralph and Jeanette Mehmen of Waverly, Iowa; her paternal grandparents, Larry Van Auken of Milan, Illinois, and Violet Joy (Van Auken) Murphy of Columbus Junction, Iowa; paternal great-grandmother, June Clayton of Letts, Iowa.  Many loving aunts, uncles and cousins also survive Gracie Hope.  Her matenal Great-grandparents, Vince and Arlene Herrmann; and her paternal great-grandparents, Bud Clayton and Glen and Lenore Van Auken, and George E. Ford preceded her in death.

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