Janet LaVonne Grimes

June 18, 1925February 9, 2013
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Janet was born June 18, 1925 in Kansas City MO and passed away February 9, 2013 in her home at Cary NC. She was the daughter of A.J. and Margret Moore and lived the first twelve years of her life in Kansas City before moving to Green Mountain, IA where she met her future husband, Dale M. Grimes, in seventh grade. They graduated from Green Mountain High School in 1943, during the midst of WW II. She spent the next two years in further schooling at Des Moines before returning to Marshalltown where she worked until 1947 when she married Dale, then a student at Iowa State University, and joined him in residence at Ames. She was a devoted and loving wife, friend, companion, and advisor to Dale for nearly 66 years.

Janet and Dale moved to Ann Arbor MI in 1951 when Dale joined the research staff of The University of Michigan. There she made a home for Dale and their two children. Her survivors are: Prudence Holman, Davis CA and Craig Grimes, Raleigh NC. Elizabeth, Keltin, and Kyra Grimes of Raleigh, Richard Holman of Davis, and James and Nissa Holman of Pittsburgh.

In her mid-forties she studied and became a private pilot and participated with the Ninety-Nines, the women’s flying organization. She enjoyed many ski trips with friends and family, especially to Vail, Colorado, and Boyne Mountain, Michigan. Also in her forties she became a tennis player and a founding member of the Ann Arbor Racquet Club. In every activity, she made many friends, most of whom she remained close to throughout her life.

Janet was an avid flower gardener, and her homes were beautiful with flowers both outside and in. She was a gracious hostess at many parties for friends and faculty and an active member both of the university faculty club at each of the many universities where Dale was located and at their racquet clubs. For example, in El Paso she joined the El Paso Racquet Club and oversaw cooperative actions between the El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mex. Racquet Clubs.

Janet and Dale moved to Penn State in 1979; there she was an active member of PSU’s Women’s Faculty Club; she cohosted the University of Michigan contingent of the Big 10 Women Faculty Clubs in 2010. She was an active member of PSU’s racquet club as long as her health permitted.

Janet and Dale traveled extensively and have friends throughout the world.

She and Dale moved to Cary, NC in 2012. She passed away at her Cary home February 9, 2013 surrounded by her loving family; she will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to: Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607-6372.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2013

Janet LaVonne Grimes

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February 17, 2013

We extend our sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family. Perhaps it will help to know as time passes a legacy of happy family times this acute sense of loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tony and Carol Ferraro

February 17, 2013

Dear Dr. Grimes and family,
On behalf of the board of the Penn State University Women's Club, I write to extend our condolence on Janet's passing. Yesterday morning a couple of members called each sharing fond recollections of Janet. One mentioned her membership in the knitting interest group.
Please know that Janet is in the minds and hearts of many in Happy Valley.
Sincerely, Dr. Charlene H. Harrison, Past President, University Women's Club

February 17, 2013

Dale, It was with great saddness that we learned of Janet's passing. We send our deepest sympathies to help ou through these difficult times.
Our best wishes, Ken and Suew Jenkins

February 15, 2013

dera dale and family, so very sad to hear of jans passing,she was a lovley lady an taught me many things in the few years a worked for you two. She gave me the love of gardening. Brenda Confer (Bobb)


February 13, 2013

Dear Dale and family,
I sold you and Janet your first home when you came to State College in 1979; it was the first active/passive solar home in Centre County at the time. We are sorry to learn of Janet's passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you.
Patrick and Ansusan Brewer

February 13, 2013

Dear Dale and family,
We are very saddened to learn of Jan's passing. She was a wonderful person and we have many happy memories of our times together, particular the bridge nights with you both. In reading Jan's obituary, it is obvious that she enjoyed a very full life and we are glad that she did not suffer too long from the ravages of her illness. Please stop and see us if you ever get back to State College.
With love, Emily and Barney


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