Thumbs up: And farewell to Grace Lefever, a well-known early advocate for natural foods who also fought for peace and justice and supported the local art community.

Lefever died Tuesday at her home after a brief illness. She was 91.

Shortly after her 1955 marriage to Tim Lever, Grace began grinding her own wheat, seeds and other natural items, marking the beginning of her Sonnewald Natural Foods.

The business was named after the couple's 70 acres of wood and field areas near Stoverstown and is now owned and operated by her daughter Willa Lefever and Willa's husband, Bill Kaiser.

In addition to running her store, Grace also educated the public about natural foods by leading "weed walks" around the Sonnewald property, where she taught people what plants are beneficial for eating and health purposes.

In 2013, she released the 41-minute "Walking with Grace: Week Walk DVD" to reach out to more people about the benefits of plants and natural foods.

An artist, poet and songwriter, Grace supported the local arts community as a member of the York Art Association and as a season ticket holder for the York Symphony Orchestra.

She also had been involved with local interfaith forums to promote understanding of various faith groups in York County and was one of the founders of York-based People For Peace and Justice.

"She was just a beautiful human being," said the Rev. Joan Maruskin, a fellow activist and friend for 40 years. "She was appropriately named Grace. She brought God's grace wherever she went."


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Thumbs up: Speaking of grace, 18-year-old Shelby Boyer has plenty to share. And she did.

The Red Land High School senior, who has been battling Hodgkin's lymphoma for two years, recently had a special request granted by the Make-A-Wish organization, which fulfills wishes of children with such medical conditions.

For her wish, Shelby chose to travel to the 2014 Winter Guard International Color Guard Championships in Dayton, Ohio, and asked that her 14 teammates and four coaches go with her so they can compete in the event.

"This team is my second family," she said. "We spend so much time together. They've been there for me and it's an honor to do something this big, not just for me, but for them, too. I don't have time for self-pity. I just learned to keep going and never stop."