Grace D. Earley

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Grace D. Earley, 31, of Alexandria, Va died on January 2, 2023 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.  A remarkable woman, Grace loved her amazing life and was loved by many.  

She is survived by her love and husband James Dingman, and will be missed by little dog Petey.  She also is survived by her mother Lisa McKnight Earley and grandmother Betty Ann McKnight of Whispering Pines NC, her father Matthew Earley of Cary, NC, brother T. Sgt. Mitchell Kraemer (Alyssia) of Barksdale AFB, sister LT Anna Earley USN, ret. of Summerville, SC, and Emma Earley (partner Irene Zielinski) of Kennesaw Ga. Grace had a large, loving, extended family and is survived by 22 aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Wilber E. McKnight of Whispering Pines, J. Fred and Lois Earley of Parkersburg, W.Va., also by her Aunt Sarah Earley of Boise and cousin Elise Earley of Cincinnati. 

Grace loved to travel, working and living in France and China, and traveling all over the country and world. She had a special love for theme parks which she shared with Jay and her family.  She thrived on learning and helping others learn.  She graduated from Cary High School, NC State University, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, applying her passion as an Instructional Designer for Finseca, Washington D.C. Grace was an athlete, playing lacrosse for Carolina Fever, Cary High, and NCSU club team. She ran many races including the Disney full and half marathons and the Krispy Kreme Challenge.   She was a member of Naval ROTC and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.  Grace loved her life, giving throughout and after. 

A memorial service to celebrate Grace’s life will be held at the Community Congregational Church in 141 N Bennett St., Southern Pines NC on January 28, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. 

 Her family would like to thank the staff at Inova Fairfax Floor 9, especially the nurses, the people of MAGOPSA,  the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Duke Cancer Institute, all who helped Grace post her 2-0-1 record.

 In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the GOG Foundation ( )  or Amnesty International Ireland (

Powell Funeral Home is honored to serve the Earley family.

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Memorial Service: January 28, 2023 1:00 pm

Community Congregational Church
141 N Bennett Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387


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  1. Matt & Family,

    We are heartbroken for you all. May God you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Ken & Leslie Barnhouse

  2. Such heartbreaking news. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in her beautiful memories.

  3. I never met your wife but knowing you she had to be an awesome person.

    Jay seems there are no words to tell you how sorry I am! Sending prayers!

  4. We are so very saddened to hear of Grace’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  5. Grace’s warmth and wisdom is something I will always remember. We lived in France in 2015/16 and I am so honoured to have travelled with her, laughed with her, danced with her, learnt with her. I hold our memories of that year close to my heart. I hope we’ll be singing karaoke together in a French dive bar again soon. Until then, lovely one. Sending love and strength to the family and all who had the privilege of knowing her. X

  6. It was my pleasure to be your home care nurse and do wish that we had had more time to know one another. I know you were well loved by those around you and were blessed to have James and Petey. I just came home from Florida where I completed the Dopey challenge, It was so hard and I was not well trained, but I like to believe that your strong spirit pushed me on to the finish line, you touched so many people and I am glad you touched my life,

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose someone, especially someone so young. My condolences to you and your family. Praying for your strength during this difficult time.

  8. Matt, Family, and Friends,
    You have our deepest condolences. Our family is thinking of yours.

    Dwayne and Michele Strange

  9. It was a tough time when I as well got cancer, especially on my family. We can’t all beat it everytime but know she’s sitting up there and oh boy, I’m sure the stuff up there beats it down here.

    My truest condolences,
    Love from The Marshs –
    Owners and operators of Tegrity Farms, CO

  10. I can still picture Grace sitting at her computer with her headphones on listening to Harry Potter books while she worked. She was smart and funny, genuinely kind and a joy to work with. I will remember her for her fierce loyalty to family and friends and commitment to acting on her beliefs. I am blessed to have known her.

    My deepest condolences to her family, including little Petey.

  11. Our condolences go out to your family for your loss. We send our prayers up so that God may hold you close and give you peace. Rest in knowing that Grace is now the fortunate one….she is Home.

  12. Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family, James.
    You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Natalie, Houdayfah and Yoli

  13. Grace will never be forgotten by all the people she worked with while at DC Immersion. Her sense of humor, her dedication, her creativity and her genuine care for others brought out the best in all of us. Being in her company was a joy.

    As a favor, Grace once babysat my kids who still remember her fondly. She taught them how to make flowers out of book pages.

    We cannot imagine your pain. Please know that you are in our thoughts. Jay, we are sending you all our love.

    Vanessa Bertelli and the colleagues at DC Immersion

  14. Sending all my love to the Earley family and James. I will forever cherish my memories with Grace growing up on the beaches of Hilton Head, making up dances, singing to Greg Russel and playing “bun girls”. She was truly amazing and I feel blessed to have known and loved her. Thinking of you all and praying for strength through this unimaginable loss <3 we will carry her with us forever.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. We feel very sad. My mum Françoise had Grace staying at her house in 2015,2016 in Moulins, France. She was teaching English in schools where she was very appreciated. Her stay was a blessing, Grace was always happy, sensible, intelligent, we’ve had very serious talkings about the world and politics.
    We remember her wish to travel and learn more about people and their country.
    We visited Paris during a wonderful week end with her. We’ve had very nice moments. We ‘ve had the chance to meet her delightful husband Jay during their honeymoon. We’ llthink a lot about Grace, always. We think about Jay and her loving family, she was always talking about her family. We will never forget her.

    A bientôt Grace, merci pour ton sourire et ces doux moments dans nos cœurs.

    Françoise, Julie and Vincent

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