Rev. Lynn E. Grimes
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Rev. Mrs. Lynn E. Grimes Grand Ledge Rev. Mrs. Lynn Elliott Grimes went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2013. She was born April 30, 1943 in Champaign, IL, daughter to the late Russell and Louise (Moffitt) Elliott. Raised in Detroit, MI, Lynn attended Metropolitan United Methodist Church where she would first meet her future husband, Kip. What began at a Boy Scout dance when she was in 6th grade blossomed into a loving marriage of 47 years. Early in her life, Lynn knew that working in the church was the direction that God wanted her to take. After graduating from Albion College and marrying Kip in 1965, she immediately began work as the Christian Education Director at Okemos Community Church. While Lynn loved the evenings, weekends, and trips with the youth groups, she felt God's calling to become an ordained pastor. With the support of Kip and her two young boys, Christopher and Matthew, Lynn began her weekly commutes to Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago. She graduated from Garrett in 1983 and was ordained in 1985. Lynn's appointments of ministry included Associate Pastor at Okemos Community Church, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge, District Superintendent of the Central District in Mt. Pleasant, and Senior Pastor of Holt United Methodist Church. In retirement, Lynn continued to service within the greater church by serving on the West Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and part-time at Trinity United Methodist Church. Throughout her nearly 48 years serving the Lord, Lynn baptized, married, and cared for countless people throughout mid-Michigan. At every appointment along the road, Lynn built friendships that lasted a lifetime. While Lynn and Kip were able to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and across the United States on family trips, her favorite place in the world was the Elliott family cottage at Torch Lake. Spending time with family was one of Lynn's greatest joys, whether sitting in a cold ice rink watching grandsons Kaden and Maddox play hockey or welcoming her first granddaughter, Ella into the family just a week ago. Lynn will be greatly missed by her husband of 47 years, Kip and their children, Christopher (Leigh) of Chicago, IL and Matthew (Laura) of Onondaga, MI; precious grandchildren: Maddox, Kaden, and Ella; also her sisters: Ann Brackett of Wayzata, MN, Judy Dantzer of Owosso and Joy Leonard of Grand Ledge; many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison St., with Rev. Betty Smith and Rev. Molly Turner officiating. The family will begin to receive guests Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. For those wishing, memorial contributions in memory of Lynn Elliott Grimes may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Eaton County Humane Society, Eaton Community Palliative Care (End of Life Care). Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, 2013.
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February 8, 2013
Kipp, We were so very sorry to hear of Lynn's death. I know she was your soul mate and will be deeply missed by so many. With sympathy, Bill and Sylvia Rogers
January 30, 2013
Erin
January 28, 2013
Beth Leonard
January 28, 2013
Kip: This is a second message from me. Lynn and I experienced so many events and decisions together. Our deep abiding relationship goes back 40 years. I sat on the beach with Lynn one Memorial Day as she made the decision to go to seminary.
Both Matthew and Chris were still at home. You picked up the responsibilities as Mom and Dad. I am having a difficult time believing that she is gone. Larry and I cherish our last visit with her at your home several years ago. All the family loved her! Joan Petersen-Fenton
January 27, 2013
Dear Kip, Christopher, and Matthew, I'm sorry about Lynn. She helped me, in too many ways to mention, so I'll just say R.I.P. Lynn, until we meet again. The memorial service was beautiful. I know that she loved it.
January 25, 2013
Kip and Family,
I am so deeply feeling your loss. I can only imagine. We go back a long way!! Know you are loved. Ron Robotham
January 25, 2013
Kip, Christopher, Matthew and family,
My first memory of Lynn is on your wedding day in Detroit. She always had an infectious smile that seemed to spread to all around. This joyful demeanor is part of Lynn's legacy.
Mary Kay Gilmer
January 24, 2013
Kip, Christopher, and Matt,
I was sad to hear of Lynn's passing, but knowing the tremendous impact she had on so many of us throughout the years in Okemos should be a comfort to you. I am honored to celebrate the love that always surrounded her and share in the wonderful light that she was.
Chris Thibaudeau
January 24, 2013
Dear Kip, Christopher and Matthew,
I am so sorry for your loss. It's amazing that Lynn could be so many things to so many people. She was such a gift in my life. I can't stop thinking about her and every time, I remember her wonderful laughter. She definitely saw the best in people. It seems that Lynn enjoyed her life and the people around her so much. Thank you for sharing her.
Sue Shrosbree
January 24, 2013
We are so blessed to have known Pastor Lynn during her time serving at Trinity UMC. She led us and loved us and helped us so much in ministry. She will remain as a bright glowing light in our hearts. Thank you, Lord, for bringing her into our lives. We are praying for you Grimes family. May God's peace fill your hearts.
Tom & Toni Blanken
January 24, 2013
Kip and family: So sorry to hear of your loss. Lynn touched my life as a teenager, young adult, and middle aged adult. I was so pleased that she came into my life again at Trinity UMC.She will be greatly missed!

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
January 24, 2013
We have fond memories of Lynn officiating at our wedding on June 22, 1985. Although it does not seem as novel now to have female pastors, at the time some people (of the older generation--maybe) were pleasantly surprised at the wonderful job she did at our wedding ceremony.
My husband and I are so sorry for your loss.
Beth (Chamberlin) Lofgren
January 23, 2013
Dear Kip, Chris and Matt,
I was so thankful your wife/mom was a part of Lynn and Eric's molding of their beings. She was a jewel. You have so much to be thankful for in the part she played in your lives. Please know I will miss her. She was a wonderful human being and a wonderful part of your lives. Enjoy remembering her. Most sincerely, Liz
Liz Troldahl
January 23, 2013
I tagged along on Okemos Community Church youth group events, even though my family did not go to the church at the time. With Lynn (and Kip!), youth group was a combination of controlled chaos, acceptance, and just the right amount of spirituality for a batch of high schoolers.
Karen (Northrup) Kissinger
January 23, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. So glad she got to marry Beth and Cory. I could tell from the first time I met her at the wedding that she loved Cory and approved of him marrying her neice. Wish I could have really gotten to know her like most of the ones who have posted knew her. I do know she has a wonderful sister in Joy. Joy is a blessing also. I am sure she has already preached a few sermons and who knows maybe a few weddings since she arrived at heaven's gate. She joins my uncle HB Johnson who passed away a week or so ago. He's playing his sax for her worship services. What a wonderful thought to think about. Joy, Beth, Erin, and family members I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you guys.
Betty Posey
January 23, 2013
you were a constant joy to know;your sermons always inspired us. you will be missed,sweet lady. gary & josie cass
January 23, 2013
Dear Kip, Chris and Matt,
We feel great sadness over the news of Lynn's passing. But at the same time we celebrate so many wonderful memories created by Lynn's warmth, energy and loving spirit. Sally and I had just a couple of days ago reminisced about the importance of our family's years at Memorial Day camp. And, of course, Lynn officiated at three of our kids' weddings. We couldn't imagine her not doing so. Our hearts are with you all. Just know that she meant a great deal in the lives of the Funkhouser family.
Andrea (Andy) Funkhouser
January 23, 2013
Dear Kip, Christopher, Matt and family, Hearing the loss of Lynn is very heartfelt and sad. Kip, you both were so much apart of our teenage-early adult years from youth group, communion, Advent, Easter Morning Sun Rise Productions, as well as Memorial Weekend Family camp. Lynn's beautiful spirit, Huge contagious smile, listening ears and open arms will never be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family...
Jane Foster Haynor
January 23, 2013
May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Mary Elliott
January 23, 2013
Lynn was an unforgettable woman: influential in so many of our lives...I am saddened to hear of her passing and send warm thoughts to you Kip and your family.
Sarah (Sally) Funkhouser
January 22, 2013
I just wrote my own eulogy on my blog. You can find it here:
http://colorjoy.com/weblog/archives/10913
Lynn Troldahl Hershberger Hefferan
January 22, 2013
Crushed. I'm just crushed.
I met Lynn as a child, when she first came to Okemos Community Church. I remember waiting in line to meet her for the first time, and she was standing in the hallway of the Old White Church with a steeple, which was torn down to build the current education wing. I don't think I'd ever met anyone with the name Lynn other than me. I was about 7 years old.
I never missed a youth group meeting. Lynn took us to Detroit in 6th grade, and to Toronto in 1975 and 1976. The Toronto trips changed my life.
I am grateful that she married me and the love of my life, Brian Hefferan, 16 years ago. I'm also glad that I was able to write her a thank you about her influence on my life, at her retirement party.
I feel like someone kicked me in the gut. Hugs to all who were in her closer circles. Be kind to yourselves.
Lynn Troldahl Hershberger Hefferan
January 22, 2013
Rev. Lynn Grimes was a beautiful and wonderful person. She married my husband Joe and I over 24 years ago. What a kind heart. What a beautiful angel we will have now to look over us. now. God be with the Grimes family.

Joe and Belinda Pena, Donna Texas
January 22, 2013
Laura Grimes
January 22, 2013
We remember Lynn's warm, caring personality from her early days at Okemos church, and from occasional contacts later. Randy, Ron, and Larry have carried warm memories of her from their days in youth fellowship there.
Years later, Larry without hesitation chose her to conduct his wedding. Lynn has always been to all of us a very special person. Our thoughts and support are with Kip and the boys.
Vern and Liz Jones
January 22, 2013
Lynn was an integral part of the life of our entire family....camping on Memorial weekend...remember communion on the dunes, singing around the campfire, and that whipporwill calling in the early morning?
Those amazing Christmas programs so meaningful to many children.
Adventures in Advent---we still have some of the decorations.
Bible School,youth groups,and Sunday School.
One needed to only to walk into the Okemos Community Church, be welcomed by her smile and warmth and feel love. For us Lynn was the church.

Love,
Lynne Simmons Caylor
January 22, 2013
Kip and family: it has been so many many years, but Lynn was so important to me in my teen years. Trying to motivate a bunch of teens in 1968-1972, Lynn was a fabulous role model and such a joy to be around. Kip and Lynn bailed me and Roberta Slider out of a major jam one winter day when we were kids and I've never forgotten that kindness all these years. It is such a loss to your family, I know, but her legacy of goodness and godliness will live on in all who had the privilege of Lynn in their lives.
Kim (Wynne-Parry) Hardy
January 22, 2013
Kip and family,

Mark and I are very sorry to hear about Lynn. She was one-of-a-kind--always upbeat, always kind. She guided me through my formative years and presided over our wedding. She will be missed.

Amy Peterson and Mark Oemke
January 22, 2013
Dear Kip and Family,
We are very saddened to hear of Lynn's passing. She officiated our wedding in1990, and we so enjoyed her being a part of it. She was a great lady.
Judy and Jeff Shane
January 22, 2013
Kip, Christopher & Matthew and families: Words cannot possibly convey our saddened hearts and spirits as we learned today of Lynn's passing. Please know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Warm Personal Regards, and Much Love, Marc Thibaudeau and Family.
Marc Thibaudeau
January 22, 2013
I will forever remember Pastor Lynn for her warmth, kindness and encouraging words. She was a bright spot in my life. God's Peace and Love to Kip, Chris, Matt and family.
Wynn Berry
January 22, 2013
Dear Kip, Christopher and Matthew: Larry and my heart are heavy today. Lynn married us, two of our children and baptized 5 of our grandchildren. Warm memories wash over us as we remember her - a most remarkable woman.

Joan Fenton
January 22, 2013
My memory of Lynn and Kip dates back to March of 1964 during spring break at MSU. A group from Wesley Fellowship went to New York city to help paint some rooms in a church in Harlem
Wayne Spalding, Fenton, Mi
January 22, 2013
Mom & Dad in London (1972)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Can you find Lynn going down the River...she loved it :)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Lynn, Her Sisters and Dad
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Lynn & Her Sisters
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Mom & Dad's Wedding (1965)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
We loved her story telling ability and the way she brought the Bible to "life". HUMC loved her and we hold her memory very dear to our hearts.
Linda & Skip Beehler
January 22, 2013
Lynn, Kip, and Chris (1976)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Leigh & Ella (Chris & Leigh's first child: Born 01/03/2013)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Matt's Family in Chicago (2011)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Granddaughter Ella (Born 01/03/2013)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Grandson Maddox playing soccer (2012)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Grandson Kaden Grimes playing hockey (2012)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Her Boys and Kip in Washington D.C. (1981)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Lynn (Mom) at Torch Lake with a new hobby (2012)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Lynn (Mom) and her Boys at Torch Lake (2012)
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Lynn (Mom) at Leigh's Baby Shower on December 8, 2012
Christopher Grimes
January 22, 2013
Dear Kip, Christopher and Matt,
We send our deepest condolences to you. Lynn's warmth, compassion, humor and kindness will never be forgotten.
Our love to each of you,
Kathleen and John Herrick
Kathleen and John Herrick
January 22, 2013
With sorrow and with joy. Lynn touched the lives of my entire family when we lived in Okemos. Youth Group with Lynn and Kip is still a wonderful memory I keep close in my heart. Kip my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless you all.
Meg Waldo-Bowen
January 22, 2013
Fond memories of Lynn and Kip on their many visits to Wesley Woods Camp. Don and Carolyn Roberts
January 22, 2013
What a lovely, beautiful woman. Lynn touch our lives in many ways, through her awesome sermons to marrying our children. We loved her and will miss her greatly.

Craig and Pam Krueger
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