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Lois Harriette Grant died peacefully in her own bed in the presence of loved ones on September 24, 2020. She was 90 years old.
Lois, known more by many as “Harriette” was born on March 27,1930 in Fernandina, FL, daughter to the late Vera Mae (Wightman) and Oliver C. Sharpe.
Harriette grew up on Isle of Hope, in Savannah Georgia, where she lived until meeting her husband Jean E. Grant and moved to New England.
Harriette is predeceased by her husband Jean E. Grant whom she married on December 16th, 1950.
Harriette and Jean moved to Pepperell, MA in 1962 where they both owned and operated Grant’s Drycleaners and later Grant’s Car Wash. Harriette was a seamstress to help support the Drycleaners.
Harriette leaves behind her six children; Lois J. Pentland and her husband Robert, Charles R. Grant and his wife Denise, Jason E. Grant and his wife Cathy, Jonathan L. Grant and his wife Cindy, Jeffrey A. Grant and his wife Julie and Matthew L. Grant who predeceased her in 1997. Harriette will be especially missed by her 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Harriette was an amazing friend, beautiful wife and exceptional mother. She had a love for music, which she passed down to all of her children, she played the organ/piano, the steel guitar and the glockenspiel.
Harriette was an avid “bingo player” and worked at many local bingo halls. Harriette was into scouting being a Cub Scout Den Mother for over 30 years.
Harriet was presented with the “Silver Beaver Award”, (a distinguished service award) in which she made an impact on the lives of youth. She was also presented with the “Commonwealth of Massachusetts Awards” which shines a spotlight on those that provided extraordinary contributions the arts, humanities, and sciences make to education, economic growth and vitality, and quality of lives within our communities.
She loved to make costumes for her family, as well as for those that couldn’t afford them, and took so much pleasure in seeing her kids dressed up for Halloween in her costume designs.
Harriette was a Sunday school teacher, first at the Centerville Methodist Church in Lowell, MA, and later at the United Methodist Church in Pepperell.
Harriette made a standing tradition within her family where she would prepare and serve a Sunday Dinner after church service for not just her family but for all in need of a meal, serving some of the best southern cooked meals all by herself.
Harriette had a talent for poetry and wrote many poems at the time of her son Matthew’s death, that help her family cope and get through this time of sadness.
In our efforts to support safe social distancing during the Pandemic, the family has decided to have only a graveside service which will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery, located at 40 Heald Street in Pepperell, MA. Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 1st at 11 AM. All are welcome to attend, however we ask that you wear masks, practice safe distancing, and be respectful to all gravesites and the cemetery grounds.
The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Harriette's memory be made the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org