Grace was the daughter of Alfred and Laurette (Royer) De Repentigny.Her birth certificate, recorded at Notre Dame Hospital (now Catholic Medical Center), lists her name as Marie Grace De Repentigny.
By her own account, what had been a feeling of helplessness became overwhelming. In her emotional isolation, Grace returned in earnest to what had always given her, if not freedom, at least purpose. She plunged into her work with a single-mindedness that set everything else - husband, children, housework, cooking - aside.
She wrote rhymes and stories and read everything she could find.
Grace was enrolled in the Ash Street School, which was public and secular.
Laurette's dream of upward mobility through her daughter was dashed when on February 27, 1943, Grace de Repentigny became Grace Metalious. Laurette was appalled and condemned George as a "dirty Greek." George did his stint in World War II and returned home to menial jobs, eventually using the GI Bill to attend UNH to become a teacher.
By this time, Grace had given birth to three children, Marsha, Cindy and Mike.