Virginia Ann Grant

Virginia Ann Grant, age 79, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 24th, 2019 after a brief illness, although sometimes in pain she never once complained. Virginia was born on July 24th, 1940, in Booneville, Mississippi to the late Thomas Ed Gorden and Rilla Bell McCoy-Gorden. Her dear aunt Elizabeth Shumpert affectionately known as “Ebby” assisted in raising Virginia after her mother’s passing at the age of 2.

At age 11 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio to live with her father Thomas Gorden and beloved step-mother Leona Gorden. Virginia loved the Lord, accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age, she later joined Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where she served faithfully throughout her youth.

Virginia graduated from Glenville High School in 1958 and from there attended Jane Adams Vocational School. Her servant’s heart compelled her to the medical field due to the fact that she simply wanted to help people.

She was united in Holy matrimony to Nathaniel Grant on October 21st, 1961, to this union two children were born Anthony and Annette.

She served University Hospital in Cleveland Ohio and retired after 43 years as a supervisor of nutrition services assisting patients with dietary changes due to illness and customizing meal plans to help them get well. She excelled in many aspects and was promoted consistently. She was also honored as Staff Member of the Month on numerous occasions. Both her staff and patients spoke highly of her and considered her an asset to her division.

Virginia was a loving and caring wife for 50 years and a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She became like a second mother to all of her children’s friends and grandma to their children. She knew no strangers and impacted everyone she met. Virginia had an infectious smile and spirit and was loved everywhere she went. An avid sports fan, one of her favorite pastimes was watching the Cleveland Cavaliers play basketball, specifically her favorite player Lebron James. She also loved playing Bingo, line dancing, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

She was well known for her cooking and baking abilities, and her pound cakes were a crowd favorite.
She will be missed by all who knew her and the many lives she touched.

Virginia is preceded in death by both of her parents Thomas Ed and Rilla Bell, her beloved step-mother Leona Gorden, her aunt Ebby and Uncle Vance Shumpert, cousins Erron Grant and Jannie Shumpert, and her husband Nathaniel Grant, the love of her life.

She leaves to cherish her life and sacred memory a son Anthony Grant (Debra), a daughter Annette Simmons (Greg), her beloved grandchildren Tristan Fritz (Josh), Briana Medley (Ed), Justin Grant, Brandi Simmons, and Jason Grant, two great-grandchildren Jaia Grant and Josh Fritz Jr., two sisters Jacqueline Reece, Geneva McCain (Oscar), a brother John Earnest (Beverly), cousins that were like siblings Recie Watkins (Fred), Tommie Rogers, Ronald Shumpert (Jackie), Reggie Shumpert, two brother in-laws Joseph Grant (Hannah), Phillip Grant (Sarah), sister in-laws Ida Johnson, Vernice Grant, Francis Grant, Diane Grant, Sadie Taylor and a wealth of family, including nieces, nephews, cousins, adopted children, grandchildren, family friends as well as her Village of Ottawa Ridge friends and First Baptist Church family.

Visitation 9:00AM and Funeral Service 10:00AM Saturday, November 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church, 1185 Noe Bixby Rd.

Interment at Glen Rest.

Condolence Messages

  1. Annette,
    I am so sadden for your loss. Sometimes we question God’s plan but always know God has perfect timing when he calls us home!
    May God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time for you and for all her family and friends. I’m a phone call always, remember that!
    ((Hugs))
    -Glenna Bright

  2. Remembering the family in heartfelt prayer.
    Continue to rely on on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. With caring thoughts.

  3. I’m sending up prayers for supernatural strength for your family, during this time of sadness. May God’s power hold you up and take you through.

  4. Dear Lord, please comfort those in grief,
    Love them, lift them, give relief
    For loss they’ve suffered, sadness felt;
    Make this sorrow slowly melt.

    Lord, let happy memories ease,
    Creating peace like a gentle breeze,
    And as you help them make it through.
    Draw them closer, Lord, to you.

    My sincere condolences on your loss.

  5. LaVelle Blackwell

    No words of condolence can heal a person grieving the loss of their mother. Please allow me to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God keep you in his embrace at this difficult time. Love the Blackwell Family.

  6. Larry & I are sending prayers up for the family and close friends who are often like family. If anyone knows the pain that comes from losing someone you love God does. The Lord knows what it is like to grieve and as your hearts are aching he will hold you close and comfort you tenderly. Right now Jenny is safe in His arms. Missing her, Larry & Carmen Farrow. FBC

  7. Ms. Grant was a beautiful woman with a caring heart. She was a kind neighbor and friend. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  8. We offer you our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Hold on to God’s unchanging hands.

    The Plair Family

  9. Tony,

    So sorry for your loss. No one can replace your mom, but God can comfort your heart. Extending my deepest sympathy to you and your family and praying that your faith will give you strength and peace in this difficult time.

    The Fields Family

  10. Sending my sincere condolence for the loss of your mother. Praying that God will bring comfort to your heart.

    Love and Fellowship
    Donzella Swain

  11. Heart felt sympathy to you all.virginia smile will always be remember in my mind,she was very special to me.sorry I could not be there,my prayers to all.love you.pray God arms of comfort will see you through.

  12. Kathleen young
    Mrs Grant was a very caring person I worked with her for 22 years at University Hospital. She will be missed but never forgotten. I will keep her love ones in prayer.

  13. Beautiful obituary and video. Aunt Ginny was beautiful woman and soul. Her smile was beautiful and showed so much joy! My deepest condolences and apologies that I could not be there with you all. I love you guys and I am praying for you all to feel God’s comfort and that he will give you peace and strength. God’s blessings!

  14. I send my condolences to the family I was saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Genny she was a joy look forward to Mondays two o’clock for a line dancing class we had a good time she will be greatly missed . Now she’s resting peacefully in the master arm.
    Sincerely Diane Bolden

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