Joan Arbour Grant
Asheville - Joan Arbour Grant was a woman who found truth in beauty. She believed in art as presence and practiced personal creativity as a design—for herself, her family, her friends and the weave of the three. Joan wrote about life as she lived it—and also wished it to be lived.
As an accomplished author, Joan was a recipient of the prestigious Thomas Wolfe Award for fiction for her story in Wide Awake in the Pelican State: Stories by Contemporary Louisiana Writers, given annually for short stories. She had recently completed her first novel, Phoebe's Chances. In addition to her Louisiana-rooted inspiration and highest regard for her craft, her stories demonstrated a deep humanity and softly defined humility.
Joan slipped away, with apologies, on Tuesday April 16, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. Born on January 10, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the beloved daughter of Mrs. Edgar F. Arbour, Jr. (Verna Wetzel) and the late Edgar F. Arbour, Jr., DDS.
Joan grew up in New Orleans where she lived until her marriage to Gregory Grant, M.D., at which time she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where she and her husband reared their children.
She was the mother of Dominique G. Godfrey (Nicholas), the late Alexandra Sidonie Grant and the late Marie Francoise Grant. Joan was also sister of Edgar F. Arbour, III (Margaret) and John W. Arbour (Michele) of New Orleans.
Joan was a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Newcomb College—where she received a B.A. in English Literature. She was especially connected to Sacred Heart—as a high-school English teacher and writing instructor—and as a life-long sister of a group of Sacred Heart alumnae. Joan was a deeply caring wife and mother, beloved by a host of nieces and a nephew, relatives, in-laws and devoted friends in New Orleans, Asheville and Charleston. She will be lamented by all for her exquisite presence, equable disposition, wry sense of humor and quiet intellect.
Joan knew how to "friend": confirming her gentle consideration of grown-ups, children and animals in her thoughtful embrace.
Funeral services will be held at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (120 Broad Street, Charleston), at 2:00 PM, on Monday, April 22, 2013.
A Memorial Mass will be scheduled in New Orleans, Louisiana at a later date.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 21, 2013