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Still striking at 96

That would be Grace Burns, who at age 96 still hits the bowling alley several times a week. For Grace, bowling has long been a way of life, so why not continue?

She was born and raised in Millville and still lives in the same house. At 18, she started working at Capron’s boarding house (now home of Cove Insurance Company) in the center of Uxbridge.

Grace’s job was to prepare lunch and dinner for boarders, and when she was free between meals she would go bowling next door in the building that now houses Blackstone Valley Music.  

She was soon asked to join a league, and would ride her bike to Uxbridge on Sunday nights to bowl with them. Over the years, she bowled on leagues in the Blackstone Valley, Milford, and Franklin.

Bowling became an all-family event. Grace and her husband and four children went bowling every Sunday night. The family tradition continued through the years, with her son, daughters, and sisters joining her on the leagues.

These days Grace bowls on two fall leagues, the Monday morning Women’s Bowling League and the Wednesday Whitinsville Christian Women’s League, both at Sparetime Recreation in Whitinsville. She is the oldest member of both, with the second highest score for both, at 86 and 89 respectively. She will now take part in the mixed summer leagues.

And When she’s not bowling, she might be playing softball. She is the catcher on the Bellingham and Blackstone women’s softball leagues.

Grace had four children, and has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grands, and four great-greats.

“Keeping active is the key to staying you,” she maintains.

Photo coming: Grace Burns striking still at Sparetime Recreation in Whitinsville.