Alice Grant, age 89, a California native, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 20, at the Ojai Continuing Care Facility, with her daughter Kathy by her side.
Alice was born in San Bernardino, November 8, 1923. She attended local schools graduating from San Bernardino High School where she was also the editor of the "Tyro" school newspaper. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. While at Berkeley she met her future husband Les Grant.
After graduating Alice and Les married and set up residence in Les's hometown of Santa Barbara. While her husband Les took over the engineering company of U.S. Grant and Son, she did the accounting for the growing business. Alice became active in the PTA and pushed to have a stoplight installed on Los Positas for the safety of the children crossing the busy street to Adam's Elementary. Later she became a self-taught legal expert to the point of having a judicial decision of a lower court overturned by the 9th Circuit Court on her own.
Alice was an avid traveler. She made trips to the Holy Lands, Europe, Asia, and Mexico. Often her traveling excuse was to visit her son Charlie, a USAF pilot, stationed in places around the world, which was a great springboard to other sights. Alice became an avid bird watcher, especially of condors. She was also a big fan of John Elway and the Broncos. Later in life she became involved in the audio ministry of Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara. She was instrumental in setting up the church's tape ministry and voluntarily continued the weekly operation for 27 years. She also supported the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Sunday evening service.
In addition to her parents and eight brothers and sisters, she is preceded in death by her daughter Susan and husband Les. She is survived by her children: Charlie, Joanie, and Kathy. Her grandchildren include: Adam Avakian, Kristen Grant, Tim Grant, and Jennifer Linville. At the time of her passing, she had five great grandchildren: Olivia, Alex, David, Maddie, and Raef, and another on the way.
Viewing hours will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E. Sola Street. The funeral service will be held at the same location, Monday at 10:00AM with viewing beginning at 9:00 AM.
Alice had fond memories of her pets. In lieu of flowers any donations can be made to your local humane society in her name.