Mildred (Harrison) Grimes

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Feb. 9, 2013

Mildred (Harrison) Grimes, 94, went home to the Lord on Feb. 9, 2013 while at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Grimes was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 21, 1918, and was the daughter of the late Stanley Harrison and Sarah Drum Harrison Ramsey.

She attended Hazleton School and in her early years worked in the office of an area silk mill; she then spent the rest of her life as a homemaker/housewife, and as caretaker for both her mother Sarah and her husband Joseph for many years until their passings.

Mildred's hobbies included crossword and jigsaw puzzles and knitting. She was an avid reader of novels. She also had a passion for Cocker Spaniels and collecting stuffed teddy bears (more than 100 and naming each one) as well as spending many summer days in Conyngham, visiting relatives and friends.

Her most recent challenge and highlight of her life was tracing her family tree, as she was very proud of the Drum family heritage, finding records dating back to as early as 1702.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents and husband, were her brother, Leroy; grandson, Jeffrey; and most recently her son, Paul.

She is survived by Diane Grimes of Lake Silkworth, her daughter-in-law and caretaker with whom she resided; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, some of whom she never had the pleasure of knowing; and son Thomas, Tunkhannock.

As per her request and final wishes, a private interment was held at St. John's Cemetery, Butler Township.

Monetary donations, if desired, may be sent to Diane to assist her with final expenses.

A heartfelt thank-you to the caring staff at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for making her as comfortable as possible in her final hours.

Funeral arrangements were by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corners of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.

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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 24, 2013
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