Cledith Grant, 97, passed away peacefully in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on January 15, 2013.
Private graveside memorial services will be conducted at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma. Cledith will be laid to rest next to her husband Robert (Bob) Grant. Rev. Dick McClure of Hugo will officiate.
She was born on March 6, 1915, in Hugo, Oklahoma, to the late James (Daddy Pug) Wright and Ella (Mamma) Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her son, Jim; and grandson, Jim-Jim.
She is survived by her sons, Bob Grant, Syracuse, NY, Jon and Joyce Grant, Ardmore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Mandy and her husband, Chance Castleberry, Kingwood, Texas, Cass and his wife, Connie, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Jennifer and McKenzie Grant, Nashville, Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren.
Upon graduation from Hugo High School She was married to Bob Grant. She owned and operated a beauty salon for some time. Later, she became employed at Hugo Daily News by Jack Stamper as the advertising manager. She truly enjoyed the work and the wonderful employees at the Daily News. She enjoyed watching all the Stamper kids grow up, especially Stan.
She always had an artistic talent that she was able to funnel into to becoming an architect, specializing in homes to be approved by the Federal Home Administration (FHA) for Southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas. Since there were no computers during that time, all she had to work with was her twelve inch rule and her kitchen table. The relationship that she formed with the (FHA) in Tulsa proved to be invaluable in obtaining approval for house plans through a federal authority. She also designed many beautiful ones for some well known families in Hugo and surrounding counties. Her designs also included commercial businesses and churches in the Hugo area. Before leaving Hugo, she took great pleasure in designing the Bill Darrough Pavillion at Mt. Olive Cemetery with the design dedicated in memory of her parents and husband.
During her time in Hugo, she was also running the household and raising three boys. She always stated her best accomplishment was she witnessed all of her boys accept Christ as their Savior and baptized. Her time in Hugo was truly the loveliest time of her life. The friends of so many years, their children and beloved First Baptist Church family, where she was very active, which was an endearment that she cherished in her heart until her passing.
After her husband, Bob, passed away she decided to relocate to Edgewood, Texas, to live next door to her sister, Edith Joyner McNabb. Even though she was apprehensive of leaving her beloved Hugo, she found the true meaning of East Texas from the new church family of the First Baptist Church of Edgewood. She loved Edgewood and even developed a little East Texas twang, like her sister.
She designed and built the home of her lifelong dreams. Her design included an open area in the middle of the home, trees growing up beyond the roof, fountain with an installed water path through the area among with flowers, ferns and other plants that could be viewed from all sides inside the home, year round. She continued to work as an architect until she finished her last house plan at the age of 84. She was then able to enjoy her hobby of gardening inside with flowers and plants to go along with her yearly planting and maintaining a vegetable garden in her yard and playing cards with her sister and friends. Even without her husband, she was able to truly enjoy the later years of her life with her sister and many new friends.
With failing health, she decided to move to Ardmore, Oklahoma, to be looked after and loved on by Jon and Joyce. She once again made new friends along with the staff at the Suites of Elmbrook Assisted Living Facility. The beautiful facility and staff were so friendly, understanding and eager to please which made the transition to Ardmore pleasant.
She had a long, wonderful, productive life making many loving contributions to her family, friends, community and church. She truly had a positive impact on all the people she came in touch with. She is now with her husband, Daddy Pug and Momma, Jim and Jim-Jim, all of her other family members and dear friends in heaven rejoicing in a most magnificent jubilee! This, we know.
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