Norma Eugenia Grant, 91, passed away to meet her Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 15,2017, at home surrounded by family. Norma was born to Oscar Troy White and Lillie Eugenia Campbell on April 11, 1926, in El Paso, Texas. She will lie in state from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel: the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. The service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Berrendo Baptist Church.
Norma graduated from Austin High School in El Paso, Texas as Salutatorian of the Class of 1943. She met and married the love of her life Sterling Grant on April 3, 1943. She secretly ran away with Sterling to Las Cruces, New Mexico to get married and to hide it from her parents. Sterling was being deploy to Wll. They were married for 66 years before his passing in 2009. She worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company for a combined 30 years as a telephone operator and cashier before retiring in 1986. She was active with the Telephone Pioneers and Jingle Bob Club. She played the organ for many years at Trinity Baptist Church and Berrendo Baptist Church in Roswell. Close and dear friends were Darlene Enzian and Polly Morris. And her sweet and kind house keeper Elissa.
Norma was a truly dedicated Christian and mother. She lost the love of her life, Sterling Grant, in 2009 and continued to look forward to the day that she could be reunited. She collected anything and everything. She loved her children and grandchildren very much. She loved attending and being a part of the family at Berrendo Baptist Church where she played the organ and was a part the Ladies Golden Circle Sunday School Class. Norma will be remembered as always being at the Little Base Ball Fields here in Roswell with her husband and later to watch her grandsons play. She was able to Celebrate her 91st birthday with family and friends on Monday night where she was so happy and laughed with her family as she continued to keep everyone in stiches. What a memory to cherish forever.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Troy White and Lillie Eugenia Campbell; husband Sterling R Grant, Sr, and grandson Sterling R Grant, III.
Norma is survived by her Daughter Dr. Bonnie E Muncy and her husband Martin of Andrews, Texas; Sons Sterling R Grant and his wife Beth of Albuquerque, Gordon L Grant and his wife Lynette of Artesia, Troy O Grant and his wife Valarie of Roswell, and William A Grant and his wife Kim of Amarillo, Texas. Grandchildren: Vickie Lawson and her husband David, Melissa Kissell and her husband Steve, Heather Hester and her husband Kyle, Brandon Grant, Joshua Grant, Christina Grant, Nickolas Grant, Caleb T Grant and his wife Emily, Luke D Grant and his wife Miranda, Megan Evans and her husband Aaron, and Chad Britten.
Great grandchildren: Hudson Grant, Jacob Grant, L.J. Grant, Emery Hester, Hunter Grant, Grant Kissell, Sarina Kissell, Austin Carter, Elliott Grant, Danial Lawson, Samuel Lawson, Abigail Lawson, Caron Evans, Cole Bishop, Jaxton Bishop, Izaac Caton, and Skylar Grant.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and the Honorary Pallbearers are the Deacons from Berrendo Baptist Church: Mike Hardwick, Hoie Sparkman, Joe English, Kenny Arther, and Steve Davis.
Those who wish to, in lieu of flowers you can donate to the Berrendo Baptist Church Building Fund or the Meals on Wheels.
The Grant Family
On behalf of my brother Tim, who is out of the country, our families and personally, it was a sad day to learn of your motherís passing. During this time of bereavement please know Mrs. Grant and all of the Grant families and friends are in our thoughts.
Having known Mr. and Mrs. Grant and some of the Grant family most of our lifetimes we were fortunate to have Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Norma and your family as friends. To your parents we were the Jennings boys and simply they were friends for life. Mr. and Mrs. Grant both made us feel special in their own ways as they always treated us nice, or how I assumed they treated you guys.
Yah, we remember playing Little League baseball where your dad was always around and your mother when she worked at Ma Bellís.
As Joseph Kennedy allowed, ďThe measure of a manís success in life is not the money heís made. Itís the kind of family he has raisedĒ. And certainly Mr. and Mrs. Grant can be measured with great length in those terms.
Your parents were fortunate to have had a good and long life. Please know that just as their family, friends, and these friends of the Grant families, kindly recall the many fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Grant to cherish and provide comfort during this time of bereavement.
With kind thoughts and regards, I remain,
THOMAS E JENNINGSRoswell, NM
I remember seeing your mom and dad at so many of your sporting events. What a blessing she was and is in your family's life. Take care, my friend, and enjoy your memories to come. God bless you all.19
Darla Job Allen PerryRoswell, NM
Troy and Valerie and family--was saddened to hear the news of Troy's Mom's passing. I cannot be at the service but you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you at this difficult time.
Jerry (Seale) StoneRoswell, NM
Billy (Bill Will), Troy, Sterling Jr., Bonnie, and Gordon: I remember with great fondness our days so long ago at Trinity Baptist...Sterling, our Sunday School Director and Norma, our church musician. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...It's a wonderful feeling to know they are reunited in heaven!
Cindy MarkhamPortales, NM
My deepest sympathy and comfort to this family now and in the days to come. God Bless her little heart. I've known her from when my grandmother was going to your church. My grandmother thought highly and adored Norma and Sterling. She's been gone for close to 18 years. Norma lived a full and Christian life and touched so many lives. My prayers of strength and courage be with you all.
Sincerely, Cheryl Wafful
Cheryl &a Tim WaffulRoseell, NM