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Florence Marie Grant


1920 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Florence Marie Grant Obituary
"All of my life I have been told that our time on earth is a circle. Some have small circles while others have larger circles. Today, my grandmother, Florence Marie Grant, completed hers. A few weeks ago she celebrated 97 years of life. Her circle was huge, filled with love, family and friends. I will never look at another jigsaw puzzle, crochet another stitch or roll another game of bowling without thinking of her. Thank you for being such a special Grandmother." ~ Ann Keisling.
Florence Marie Grant went home on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Florence was born in January 1920, to Alvera and Carl Arp, in Terry, Mont. 
She was the middle of five children, three sisters and two brothers. She grew up in the "Bad Lands" of Montana and anyone who knew Florence well has heard many stories of the hardships of growing up there. 
Like when she was a teen and her dad and mother would haul a sheep wagon up in the hills and Florence and her sister, Loretta would take care of a herd of sheep all summer. They both had a horse to ride but when asked what they did all summer, she said her sister would ride over the hill to see her boyfriend. 
That's when Florence began her love of books, especially westerns. The only thing they had to do in the winter was the Saturday night Dances. That's where she met the love of her life, Donald Grant.
She graduated high school in May 1938, after she graduated, she and Donald walked down the street to the justice of the peace and got married. Donald was living with his dad so they all piled in his old pickup and drove home to the farm. 
Her husband dropped her off at the house and said to settle in and cook supper while he went out to do the chores. His dad told him to "get his butt in the house and be a husband."
The family moved to Blackfoot in 1940 to run a bar. Ray was born in 1940 in Pocatello. Florence, Don and Ray moved back to Great Falls to work in the Copper Refinery. 
Carla was born in 1942 in Great Falls, Montana. They then moved to Wapello in 1945 and Lynette was born in 1951 in Blackfoot. In 1952 they bought the house on Park Street in Blackfoot. Ray graduated in 1958 and went to college. Lynette started school and Florence went to work at American Potato company until she retired at 65 years in 1985. 
She joined the American Potato bowling league and was league secretary for 15 years. She then started a Senior Bowling League and was the secretary until 2015. During that time, her children and most of her grandchildren became bowlers. 
She attended bowling tournaments all over the country. The last few years she was on the senior league and went to Twin Falls every year for the senior tournament. She always came home with a crown for being the oldest one there. She was the Queen.
She was always willing to sell raffle tickets for any cause the Does had, she out sold everyone else. Sometimes she sold more than all the rest put together. 
When people saw her coming they got their money out - no one ever said "No". She was the queen and everyone remembers the thousands of aluminum can tabs she collected for Ronald McDonald House. She was the queen.
Surviving Florence and Donald are their three children: Ray (Nikki) Grant, children: Ray Jr. (Cindy) Grant, Troy (Inken) Grant, Lori Forrest (deceased, Teresa Lee, Brenda Grant and Kerri (Arthur) Eickwald; Carla (John) Lach, both deceased, children: Ann (Donald) Keisling, Mike(Connie) Lach, Donald Lach and Mark (Cindy) Lach; Lynette (John) Todd, children: Jason (Renita) Todd, Joan (Mike) Todd, Jennifer (Phil) Ross; 10 great grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Loretta who lives in Montana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; daughter, Carla Lach; parents, Alvera and Carl; one sister, Katy; two brothers, Roy and Erwin and one granddaughter, Lori.
A viewing will be held at Hawker Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 followed by a Rosary Service. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Interment will be in Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 14, 2017
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