Verleen Francis Grant

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kenai resident Verleen Francis Grant died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in Soldotna. She was 88.

As per Verleen's wishes she will be put to rest over Cook Inlet in a small private ceremony with her family.

Mrs. Grant was born Sept. 11, 1921, Durango, Colorado. She grew up in Durango, and graduated from Durango High School in 1939 and attended junior college in California. She was married to Harold Dale in 1941 in Anchorage and divorced after 25 years.

She was active in various community organizations in Anchorage in the 1940's and 50's, including the Order of Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls.

Trained as a classical pianist, Mrs. Grant was one of the organists to play the large pipe organ at the First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage in the early 1950s. She was active in the church for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed the many friends she made in Anchorage over the years. She was a fun loving mother who treasured spending time at the family cabin at Big Lake.

Mrs. Grant was a partner in Anchorage Body and Paint and later worked for the National Bank of Alaska, Anchorage Employees Credit Union, the Greater Anchorage Borough and retired from the State of Alaska. She was well liked throughout the state and loved to aid fisherman in processing state loans. She retired from the State of Alaska in 1985.

Verleen married Ed Grant in 1987. They lived in Spenard for many years and moved to Kenai in 2002. Together they loved traveling in their motor home from Alaska to the Lower 48 and everywhere in between until 2003. They were proud members of Good Sam.

Verleen and Ed were active in Pioneers of Alaska and the Alaska-Yukon Pioneers. She volunteered her time and skills for various projects. She was widowed in 2005.

Mrs. Grant is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Terry Dale and Lynn Bohlmann of Seattle, Michael and Sylvia Dale of Nikiski, Gregory and Sandra Dale of Fortuna, California; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kristen, Dustin, Haley, Abby, and Cooper Every of Kenai, Amy, Ehren and Kaia Dale-Johnson of Kenai, Landon, Jacquelyn, Roy James and Gaius Taylor of Kenai, Jenna Anastay of Anaheim, California; Sara Taylor of Kenai, Ethan Dale and Noel Olivio of San Francisco, Elliott, Jennifer and Madeline of Portland, Ore., Nick Dale of Seattle, and Cameron, Emily, Mary Beth and Theron Dale of Fortuna.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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