OBITUARY

Mrs. Melba Grant

25 October , 193415 June , 2019

Melba Muriel Grant (nee Brick) died peacefully at Stensrud Lodge on June 15, 2019 at the age of 84. Melba is survived by her children Dale (Joanne), Barbara (Jim), Robert (Gary), and daughter-in-law Kathy; grandchildren, Jason, Joel, Jessica (Nathan), Jeffrey (Alecia), David (Ashley), Adam (Kara), Erin (Shane), Lee, Elizabeth and four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Jeannette Brick. Melba is predeceased by her loving husband Don (2006), and their children Marvin (1977), Paul (2009), and Keith (2015); her parents Stan and Muriel Brick; sister Ruby McKeown; brother Doyle Brick; Don’s parents W. Ray and Florence Grant; and sister-in-law Thelma Grant. Melba was born in Cut Knife, SK on October 25, 1934 and was raised on the family farm. She attended Cut Knife High School and went on to get her teaching certificate at Normal School in Saskatoon in 1953. Mom taught school in Langham, SK for two years, a time she spoke of with great fondness. She married Donald Grant on April 30, 1955. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Toronto, ON. In 1958, Melba, Don, and baby Keith moved to Pullman, Washington where sons Paul and Marvin were born and Don completed his PhD. In 1963, the family moved back to Saskatoon where children Dale, Barbara, and Robert were born. Melba spent the next several decades building a life marked by tremendous commitment to her community and family. Unwavering in her belief that everyone deserves respect, recognition and a hand -up when needed, she put in thousands of hours as a volunteer and took a leadership role on countless committees, organizations and projects including: Georges Vanier School & Community Association, Saskatoon Mosquito Baseball, Birthright, Friendship Inn, PFLAG, Georges Vanier Singers, St. Francis Choir, honorary member of the Ursuline Sisters of Prelate, the Catholic Women’s League where she was diocesan president, and Saskatoon’s Parkinson’s support group where she helped organize Saskatoon’s first SuperWalk. She was instrumental in founding the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Seniors’ Group at St. Francis Xavier Parish, where she was a loyal member for over 50 years. Mom loved to be social. Hosting gatherings in her home was a beloved part of her life. Melba was an extraordinarily inclusive host. Whether it was her own family, her friends, her community, or relative strangers, Mom was always sure to make everyone feel welcome and at home. At any hour of the day or night she would welcome guests who may stay for an hour, a month or a couple of years. To Mom, family was everything. Her compassion and sense of duty were unparalleled. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. Melba spent the final few years of her life at Stensrud Lodge in Saskatoon. Our family would like to acknowledge the caregivers and thank them for the exceptional compassion and attention they provided to Mom. A viewing & informal visit with family will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre, Saskatoon, between 7:00 & 8:30 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Saskatoon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or to Stensrud Lodge.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 20 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 21 June , 2019
  • Burial Friday, 21 June , 2019

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Mrs. Melba Grant

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Nancy Ferguson

23 June 2019

Dear Dale, Barbara, Robert and families,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your lovely mother. She was a beautiful lady, great neighbour and cherished friend of my Mom's. She was that unique individual who always had a smile on her face and a place in her heart for everyone. When I think of Georges Vanier I cannot but help think of her! I have many great memories of your Mom, including her hosting a wedding shower for me. There is no sadness like losing a mother - prayers to you all for peace and comfort. She is free now from her cumbersome early body and joined for eternity with your dear Dad, and no doubt, all the other great people who made up Avalon.
Take care.
Sincerely and with sympathy,
Nancy (Sarich) and family

Jean Nygaard

20 June 2019

Ruth Kell and I lived in a rooming house on 5th Avenue with your Mom before any of us were married. We have many happy memories of that time laughing and telling stories. Our paths have crossed over the years and that friendship from long ago has always been cherished.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.
Jean & Ruth

FROM THE FAMILY
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