Sr. Jean Elizabeth Grant

May 8, 1917February 12, 2021

Sr. Jean Elizabeth Grant, S.S. Thѐrése Miriam, Sydney It is with deep regret that we the sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame announce the passing of Sr. Jean Grant on February 12, 2021 at the CND Health Care Center in Sydney. Sr. Jean was a gifted artist and adept at any craft, which she shared graciously with students, family and friends. Born on May 8, 1917 in Westville, NS, she was the daughter of the late Angus and Mary Ann (Chisholm) Grant. She entered the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1937 and was professed in 1939. Sr. Jean began teaching at Holy Angels, then moved to Port Hood to teach art in the schools. From there she returned to Holy Angels and taught Art in the high school for almost 20 years. In 1968 Sr. Jean moved on to her beloved Mount Saint Bernard and taught art at St. FX University, for the remainder of her teaching career. Apart from her university classes, she had private classes for professors, sisters and other adults. Sr. Jean shared her gift and helped others develop theirs. In 2008 she returned to Sydney where she resided at St. Theresa’s Convent, then Holy Redeemer Convent. In 2011 she moved to Parkland, Sydney until her health failed and she was welcomed at the CND Healthcare Center in 2016. Sr. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by brothers, Chisholm in infancy, Donald (Patsy), John (Trudy) and Vincent; sisters, Mary (Angus) MacDonald, Catherine (Dick) Scully and Anna (Norman) Armstrong. She is survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Sr. Jean was a deeply spiritual woman with a passion for nature and could see the presence of God in all things. Visitation will be held 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Fr. Bill Burke will officiate. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. For those that wish to join us virtually the service will be livestreamed on TWCurry facebook page. Memories and condolences may be shared with her family by visiting



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John and Robertson

February 17, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Sr Jean’s CND family and relatives - I workers at MSB when Sr Jean lived there and thoroughly enjoyed our chats ! She made me this very special crocheted bedspread and tablecloth that I cherish - so many hours she spent making it ❤️RIP Sr Jean you have earned your reward
Donna Chisholm- Robertson

Jim Curry

February 16, 2021

I first met sister Jean at St.FX and I realized right away why my grandfather told me that she was his favourite cousin. Whether inviting me to suppers at the Mount or knitting socks - sister Jean had a talent about making you feel cared for and wit that would keep you humble ( her smirk says it all!) .
Truly one of the greats that will be missed.

Kelly Morris

February 16, 2021

Aunt Jean was a special lady who was loved and respected by all that knew her. I was so fortunate to have had her in my life since I was born; she was a part of our family all my life. Her presence was very much welcoming, along with her sense of humour and her ability to teach and guide us along the way.

When I moved to Ontario later in life, she would come and have her annual visits with my two sons and myself in the spring and summer. She enjoyed playing with the boys and they loved her dearly. And of course, she was there crocheting, knitting, and sewing while she had her visit with us. Visits home to Nova Scotia every summer included visits with Aunt Jean; filled with a lot of laughter and storytelling.

She touched many lives with her kindness, thoughtfulness and her unconditional love. I was so appreciative of what she did for us and of her love for us and her family. We will miss her dearly, however, will cherish all the beautiful memories of her.

Love your grand-niece, Kelly Anne

Tessie MacFarlane

February 16, 2021

Darling Sister, my art teacher for three of the five years I was at X. I will never forget how kind she was to me, in fact I think she saved my life. Rest in Peace beautiful lady.

Evelyn MacEachern

February 16, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Grant families. Sister was a most gracious person with her art skills. Enjoyed many hours of her evening classes at St. F.X.

Lynda Lou MacIntyre

February 16, 2021

Today I found out about the death of Sr. Grant, Mother Saint Therese to me, & was able to livestream her funeral.
She was my art teacher when I was in grade 6 (just a few of us) & again all through high school. She was a generous, loving teacher who made a huge impact on my life. I was in her art room whenever I could escape from my other classes! She even demonstrated how to do the “Charleston” a popular 1920’s dance that seemed outrageous to a bunch of baby-boomers! Because of her I went on to have a career teaching art.
I will forever cherish my memories of her & her spirited love of life!
My deepest condolences to her whole family.
Lynda Lou MacIntyre

Dr. S. Mary Shaw, ASC

February 16, 2021

As a fellow religious, I want to extend my sympathy to the Congregation, family and extended family and friends. Ministry well done, Sister. May your soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace! Amen. Assurance of prayer for all..S. Mary (Precious Blood, Springfield, Il. formerly of Glace Bay).

Gayle Gorman

February 16, 2021

An amazing woman and an amazing life!!! We know she'll be greatly missed by the many lives she impacted. Sincerest condolences to her entire family!!!! Gayle Gorman & Ben Jenkins

Leonard MacEachern

February 16, 2021

I am saddened to see Sister Grant passed away. She taught me painting in art class at STFX back in 1983. We developed a great bond and she would invite me for lunch years after I graduated. She was such a witty and kind sole. Rest in peace dear Sister Grant. There will be a large art class in heaven now.

Jean Kudd

February 15, 2021

We were so lucky to have Aunt Jean in our lives for so long. She had a love for life and quite the wit.
I enjoyed being taught art by her at St. Francis Xavier. She would come by any night I worked on the front desk of sister’s entrance to see how I was getting along.
Your niece
Jean (Grant) Kidd