Lifenotes: Gloria Grant

Gloria Grant

Condolences to Amy Grant and her family on the passing of her mother, Gloria Dean Napier Grant, on April 30, 2011. The Nashville native was 80 years old and had devoted her life to her faith, family and a variety of charitable causes.

She supported her husband of 60 years, Burton Paine Grant, throughout his medical career and also pursued several business interests of her own, including selling her famous fruitcakes at the Green Hills Market. She was a founding board member of Nashville! Magazine and began the private jewelry business Lynwood Hampton Collectables.

Grant was an active supporter of the Fanny Battle Day Home, Friends of Children’s Hospital (founding member), and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. She enjoyed family gatherings, Bible study, golf, bridge, sewing, gardening, cooking, and entertaining.

She is survived by her husband Burton and her four daughters, Gloria Kathleen Grant Harrell (Dan), Mimi Dean Grant Verner (Jerry), Carol Ann Grant Nuismer (Jack), and Amy Lee Grant Gill (Vince Gill), as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends remember Gloria by doing an unexpected act of kindness, or making a gift to Lipscomb University or Alive Hospice. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3 from 4-8 p.m. at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, 5120 Franklin Pike. The funeral service will be at the church Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. Online guestbook and details here or at (615)254-8200.


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