Celebration of Life Robinson Hall at Asbury Place
Arbor Acres Retirement Community, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017
Mrs. Ann Lawless Grant, 87, died peacefully, surrounded by her family at Arbor Acres Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on October 7, 2017. She and her twin sister, Emma Lawless Buchan, were born on February 15, 1930, to Mary Parrish and John Lee Lawless, Sr., in Richmond, Virginia. Ann spent most of her formative years in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now known as UNC-G, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia. She was a Pediatric Nursing Instructor at North Carolina Memorial Hospital where she met her future husband, Dr. Jack Grant, in February 1954. The couple were married that same year on November 20. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year. Ann and Jack moved to Winston-Salem with their children, Laura and Will, in 1963.
Ann was the very definition of a church and community volunteer. She was a charter member of the Forsyth Hospital Auxiliary and Contact: Winston-Salem. Notably, Ann received the first Volunteer of the Year for Contact Winston-Salem in 1989, the Faith Award from the United Way of Forsyth County in 1989, and was named Contact USA Volunteer of the Year for 1995. She was a life member of the United Methodist Women and served on the boards of the United Methodist Women and the Administrative Board of Centenary United Methodist Church. She also was Chairman of the Altar Guild at Centenary. She was an avid needleworker and helped with many needlework projects at Centenary.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, John Lee Lawless, Jr., Wilfred Parrish Lawless, Mary Lawless Cooper and Emma Lawless Buchan.
Ann was a devoted wife and mother and is survived by her husband, Dr. Jack Grant, and daughter, Laura Dillard (Robert) of Winston-Salem. She is also survived by her son, Will Grant (Debbie) of Easley, South Carolina, and granddaughters Anna Kaline (Jason) of Pasadena, Maryland, and Jordan Garrison (Kile) of Matthews, North Carolina.
Mrs. Grant’s family thanks the wonderful staff at Arbor Acres for the loving care they provided to Ann and the concern they showed for her and her family.
There will be a celebration of Ann’s life on Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. in Robinson Hall at Asbury Place, Arbor Acres Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, Ann’s sincere desire was for donations to be made to the Resident Assistance Fund of Arbor Acres, Arbor Acres Retirement Community, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Joseph Jones & DiAn Kempf Jones
Dr. Grant, Laura and Will:
We are so sad to learn of your wife and mother's passing, but know that her life was well lived. I have many times enjoyed her smile and laughter at Arbor Acres when visiting my father at Fitzgerald Healthcare and fondly remember her as a friend of both my Mother and Dad at Centenary United Methodist Church.
DiAn was happy to meet both Dr. Grant and your mom at Doughton Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway many years ago when we were hiking and came upon two campers in their RV enjoying the weekend away and as we talked we suddenly all discovered that we knew each other even though it had been years and years since I had seen either your Mom or Dad! It was such a lovely place and chance meeting, but we enjoyed getting reconnected.
We will miss the cheerful charm and delight that Ann gave every person she greeted each day, but we know that your memory of her will bring joy to your thoughts and lives.
Katherine Frazier Bell
Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your Mom! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Take care!
God strengthens us by giving us the "power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7) jw.org
Laura, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I know she was an inspiration to so many. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Ellen
Ann was one of the first people I met in the phone room of Contact upon my arrival as the organization's new director in 1998. I was amazed and inspired when she responded "thirty years" when I inquired how long she had been volunteering at Contact. She was truly a model citizen and Winston-Salem was so fortunate to have benefited from her commitment to her church and our community. I was honored and blessed to have had the good fortune to have known her. My prayers and deepest sympathy to your entire family for your loss.