Jean MacKenzie Grant

September 26, 1925October 24, 2018
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Jean Isabel Grant, 93, of Fulton, Missouri passed away on October 24, 2018 at Presbyterian Manor in Fulton. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at First Christian Church, 6 East 7th Street in Fulton. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street in Fulton. Jean was born on September 26, 1925 in Mt. Stewart, Prince Edward Island, Canada to the late George and Amy MacLauchlan MacKenzie. She was married to Rev. Dr. Henry C. Niles on June 24, 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Henry preceded her in death in 1975. She was then married to John M. Grant on November 11, 1978 and he preceded her in death in 2001. Jean was a long time member of Old Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, Missouri. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved to travel and was delighted to have been able to visit all 50 states and many European countries. Survivors include one daughter, Naomi Niles of New York, New York; two sons, Henry (Barbara) Niles of Fulton and John (Sue) Niles of Marion, Iowa; one brother, Willard MacKenzie of Marathon, Ontario, Canada; one sister, Shirley Crawford of San Carlos, California; one cousin, Laura F. Walsh of Osterville, Massachusetts, one granddaughter, Katie (Brian) Rhoades of Fulton; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jacob Rhoades of Fulton along with one step-grandson, Kevin Meeker of Marion, Iowa. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Old Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church or Churchill Memorial both in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251.

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  • Naomi Niles, Daughter
  • Henry (Barbara) Niles, Son
  • John (Sue) Niles, Son
  • Willard MacKenzie, Brother
  • Shirley Crawford, Sister
  • Laura F. Walsh, Cousin
  • Katie (Brian) Rhoades, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Rhoades, Great Grandson
  • Jacob Rhoades, Great Grandson
  • Kevin Meeker, step-grandson
  • In addition to her parents, George and Amy MacLauchlan MacKenzie, Jean was preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Dr. Henry C. Niles, and John M. Grant,
    five brothers and one sister.

  • Old Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church or Churchill Memorial


  • Visitation Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jean MacKenzie Grant

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William & HelenSue Parrish

October 28, 2018

Dear Henry & Niles family,

Your mother was a wonderful friend. When she and your dad lived across from me on 6th Street I knew I could always count on seeing and we had many great visits back and forth. Jean always had a great smile, which the picture here reflects. We were so glad that she found happiness with John after your dad died. Please know that our prayers are with you.

Nancy Crawford

October 27, 2018

To the Niles Family, from your California Cousins

We send you our love and deepest sympathy. We've had so many great times together. Aunt Jean came to visit us in California several times. Once, she and cousin Laura visited at the same time. We all just piled into the car and drove all over the Bay Area. It was always a special time hearing family history and the antics of the MacKenzie clan.
Thankfully we were able to join you all in Fulton for Jean's 90th birthday celebration. She showed us all her handmade quilts and all the loving care she put into the sweaters she knitted. She told us details about her handiwork, like which occasion it was worn, how she choose the yarn. She also had a world class paper napkin collection!!
With love,
Valerie, Nancy, Karen and Bill Crawford

Shirley Crawford

October 27, 2018

To all the Niles Family,
My deepest sympathy to you all. It is always a difficult time to part with one you loved so dear. Just know that she happy and at peace in God's hands.
Lovingly, Aunt Shirley

Ruth Mosher

October 27, 2018

Our condolences to Jeans family. It has been many years since I saw her.
Thinking of you are this sad time.
Your cousin,
Ruth MacLauchlan Mosher
PEI, Canada

Vaughna MacKenzie

October 26, 2018

So many happy memories of spending time with our aunt Jean in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and during our visit to Fulton for her 90th birthday. One of my favourite times was the afternoon we spent in Cape Cod when Jean told me all about her early days in Massachusetts, and shared with me juicy family stories I hadn’t heard before.

Sandra Tharp-Fritz

October 26, 2018

To each of Jean's children and grandchildren, I extend my deepest sympathy to each of you in your loss. I have known Mrs. Niles/Grant since the 50s when she & Dr. Niles moved in next door to my family, Westwood and Grace Tharp, on West 7th Street. My Mother was so fond of both of your parents. Mom even took care of you children some when your parents went out for an evening. When I started back to college at William Woods in the late 60s/early 70s, Jean was also taking classes at the same time & we saw each other on campus a lot. It was always a pleasure to talk with her & discuss our families, my parents, her children and grandchildren. May God be with you & please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts.

Dawn Mackenzie

October 26, 2018

I am so lucky to have many great memories of times spent with my dear Aunt Jean. My first visit to Fulton, we shared many pots of tea around the kitchen table, hearing lots of stories. She was always up for whatever adventures Naomi and I were up for. Steve and I rang in a few New Years in New York with Jean and Naomi - such a trooper, hiking through Central Park for midnight fireworks.
When she came to our cottage in Northern Ontario, she was first in the boat, first in the hot tub, first at the dinner table - and she was 88! That is just a few highlights, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Renee Graham

October 26, 2018

To John and the rest of the family -

I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Jean while she and my mom, Margaret Stack, were both at Churchill Terrace. They often ate meals together, and I would join them. Jean loved her family and was very proud of you. It was an honor to hear her stories of a life well-lived.

She was so kind to me after my mom passed. I gave her one of my mom's necklaces - a purple one to go with her many purple outfits. I couldn't think of a better person to have it.

She was a wonderful lady, and I will keep her memory in my heart.


Renee Stack Graham

Lisa MacKenzie

October 26, 2018

Of course I'm going to share a memory from our trip to join you for Aunt Jean's 90th birthday. When sorting through some sweaters and clothes that had been packed away, Jean tried on one knitted sweater from the huge pile of her work, I can picture her cute expression when she modeled it. I also enjoyed listening as she, Shirley, Laura and Dad sat and talked about life on the farm, and the 4 of them enjoying their Golden Spumante. I'm so glad we were able to attend.

Stephanie Easley

October 25, 2018

I will never forget the day I met her...Naomi said “Mom, I found you a happy place” it was an absolute honor for Jean to be our first resident at Valley Park North! She was my friend, a mother/grandmother figure and had a very special place in my heart! My heart is very heavy and miss her so much already...waiting to hear the “come, come” when you came to her door and the little chats, and our time just us together. Naomi my friend It was a hard goodbye but I am ever so grateful we were by her side together and most of all thank you for sharing her with the facility and me. She will be missed!!!




Mom on her Wedding Day June24th, 1950


Meeting Andrew & Jacob for the first time!


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