Lillian Grace Granby

September 25, 1924March 30, 2018

Lillian (Lee) Grace Granby,( Hefling) was born in Ryley Alberta Canada to Harry and Mary Hefling. She had 2 brothers, Jerry and Bobby (both deceased). The family moved back to the states where they lived in Washington and Oregon. Mom attended Franklin High School in Portland. January 10, 1948 Lee married Robert (Bob) Granby. They were married for 64 years before Bob’s death. They had 4 children in 3 years—Paula in 1951, twins Richard and John (deceased) in 1952 and Mary in 1954. Lee was a stay at home Mom until Mary got into 1st grade. She was a meat cutter and then a checker at grocery stores until joining United Grocers working in shipping and receiving. Upon her retirement Lee and Bob travelled, just for fun as well as to many bowling tournaments. She was an avid bowler until 2011 when her arthritis kept her from continuing. Besides being a loving daughter, sister, and wife she was an amazing Mom. Nothing was more important to her than her children. Room mother for all, chaperone for field trips and being at every sporting events her kids were involved in were her passions. Then she got to be a grandmother to 4 grandchildren. Kari Lyn (1975), Rebecca Lee (Becki) (1977), Allison Faith (1980) and Russell (1984). She was there for every birth, game, school event, graduation, and just to have fun. She enjoyed making cookies, smelling and enjoying flowers, and just spending time with the grandchildren that she adored. And then there was the clan—the Granby’s, Brauser’s, Curtis’s, and the Rathkeys. The guys all grew up together in NW Portland and that camaraderie continued after all married and had children. Once a month Tripoly parties as well as many, many camping trips and picnics were enjoyed and are remembered by all of us, especially those to Merwin Dam. An amazing woman, our Mom and Grammy will be honored, remembered and loved forever.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, 687 N Thompson Street, Portland, OR 97227


  • Committal and Inurnment Service Monday, June 11, 2018

Lillian Grace Granby

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Paula Kurtz and Mary Fairhurst

June 10, 2018

Dear Mom, we are the women we are today because of you. Everything you gave up and every example you set made us who we are. You used to say we had reversed roles in the past few years. Thankfully you taught us how to take care of and love others. We will struggle every day with losing you but know you are with many who loved you also--Daddy, John, Papa, Grammy, Jerry, Bobby, Pepi, Shirley and so many others. So tomorrow, June 11, we will all be getting together in your memory. We will be sharing lovely pictures from when you were a child until recently. We have also made and will be sharing some of your wonderful dishes that you taught us to make. All of this with the great love we have and will always have for our Mom. We miss you so very much. Lots of tears but so many more smiles. Thank you for being the truly amazing woman you were and for marrying our beloved Daddy. We were truly blessed to have such wonderful parents. Love Paula and Mary

Debra Granby

May 20, 2018

Lillian was an amazing lady, she wasn't just my mother-in-law she was a mom to me. She loved her family and would do anything for them. They just don't make them like her any more, she was
loving, caring, easy to laugh, giving heart and what a smile. I loved it when I would catch her watching me do something and she would have that wonderful smile on her face , it put a smile in my heart every time.
Lillian always thanked me graciously for taking care of her son John and that meant a lot for her to say that.
John and I always sang the song "You are My Sunshine" one of our favorites. The last time I was with mom her and I sang that song about four or more times and held hands with big smiles. I will never forget the wonderful memories with her, she will be missed by all.
Love Debra Granby