In a letter dated 3 August 1941, Archie wrote to Grace:
"I don’t dread the future for myself for life will bring what is mapped out for us. I just wonder about those we have left behind. You have the hard part, but all we can do is trust the future, make the best of life as we meet it."
After hearing of the loss of her husband, letters Grace wrote to friends and family attest to the fact that she certainly did have the hard part. She was left with two children and a farm she couldn't maintain. To her brother Mack, on 5 July 1944, she
"He was such a good husband and father, and we had so many plans made for the future. I had hoped right up to the last that he wouldn’t go into action… I hardly know which way to turn. I can’t think yet. I was working so hard to keep the place going for
Archie and now there seems to be nothing to work for."
She wore her Silver Cross with pride, eventually moving to Edmonton with her family. In the 1960s, she would finally get a chance to visit her beloved Archie's grave, saying one final goodbye.
Today, Margie, Archie's daughter - only 5 years old the last time she saw her father - still misses him, and wonders how different her life would have been if she had known him better. "He was a good man, and I only hope that I turned out half as good as he was."