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Patricia Ann Grant

October 14, 1931 ~ January 22, 2019 (age 87)


Patricia Ann Grant, age 87, departed peacefully from this life at her home in Monarch Pines Mobile Home Park in Pacific Grove, California on January 22, 2019. 
A service will be held at Santa Rosalia Chapel in San Carlos Cemetery on January 30th with a committal following.  Father Patrick Dooling will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to NAMI Monterey County (P.O. Box 295 Monterey CA 93924).
Patricia Ann Buick was born in Chicago Ill on October 14, 1931, the youngest of four children.  The family moved to Forney, TX when she was 4 years old.  In 1949 she married John Grant. They had two children: David was born in 1950 and Lori in 1960.  She lived in the Dallas area until 2002 when she and David relocated to Pacific Grove.
Pat held several clerical jobs in her early years of marriage.  However, her true talent was as a salesperson.  She first discovered this when she left home at age 14 to travel and sell magazines.   In her 30s, she sold antiques, having opened the very first antique store in Forney, Texas with her dear friend Pearl Kearney.  Forney went on to be named by the Texas legislature as the "Antique Capital of Texas".  In her 40s, 50s, and 60s, she enjoyed being a realtor in Dallas TX.  Her favorite clients were first-time home buyers—especially recent immigrants. She found ways to make financing work so people could achieve their dream of home ownership.  In her 80’s she was a cashier at the farmers market at Sally Griffin Senior Center in Pacific Grove.
Throughout her adult life she was a strong advocate for people with mental illness.  In Dallas, she helped found a thrift shop to provide jobs and funds for social activities for people with mental illness.  The program was so successful that she was awarded 1987 Volunteer of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI). She worked to reduce stigma and provide a safe and fun place to socialize.
She enjoyed traveling, and over the years she visited Mexico, Jamaica, Ireland, Costa Rica, and China. She cruised in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska.  Her cruising highlight was an Alaska cruise on a private yacht with Judy Durbin’s family in 2007. 
Pat made many loving connections in the Monarch Pines community through her hobbies of gardening, ping-pong, and bridge.  She had a plot in Pacific Grove’s first community garden.  Her favorite activity was ping-pong, which she played to her last days.   After soundly beating someone half her age, she was fond of saying “Now, you’re not going to let a little old lady beat you are you?”.  Her bridge group met once a week for many years and took classes together in Carmel. 
Although she experienced numerous hardships in life, she was always determined to make the best life possible for herself and those around her.  This is her legacy.  It’s a legacy of quiet fortitude and compassion for those less fortunate.
She is preceded in death by her brother John, her sisters Mary and Helen, her niece Darla, and her former husband, John Grant.  She is survived by her son, David Grant, of Seaside, CA and her daughter, Lori Grant, and son-in-law, Mike Cook, of Monterey, CA. She leaves behind nephews and nieces: Ron, Danny, Patricia, Neil, and Kathy.   Following the death of her close friend, Thelma Durbin, Pat was honored to be acting grandmother to Thelma’s grandchildren, Angela and Christina.  
The family wishes to thank the comforting staff of Hospice of the Central Coast. The family also wishes to thank the many generous and caring neighbors in Monarch Pines for small and large gifts of affection and support throughout her illness.  Information available and condolences accepted at www.bermudezfamilyfunerals.com. Bermudez Family Funerals 831-324-0404.

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