Obituary of Martha Alvena Grant
Grant, Martha Alvena -
Martha Alvena lived a long and full life. She grew up in a large family in Eastern Ontario and she often told stories of the fun and music she shared with her brothers and sisters. She married Joseph Grant. After the wedding they went, for a year, to Lemon Creek British Columbia where her husband was teaching in a Japanese internment camp. She made many friends in the camp. She and her husband then moved to Toronto and started a family. Eventually they moved to Box Grove where they raised five children. There were many things that gave her enjoyment in life. Family, friends, and neighbours were very important to her and her hospitable home was often a place where people gathered. She also loved music. As a girl she sang in church choirs and concerts with her sisters. She learned, from her father, to play the fiddle and as a young person, played with her sister Lila (on guitar) at local square dances. Church was a big part of her life and she attended regularly until a few weeks before her death. She was also an avid gardener and into her mid-nineties was able to maintain her many perennial beds. She was looking forward to the bulbs coming up this spring. She will be missed but we feel fortunate to have had her with us for these many years.
Martha passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in her 101st year and was predeceased by her dear husband Joseph Grant of 65 years. She was the mother of Joseph (Catherine), Sylvia Grant (Anthony Zamojc) Ruth Lamberti (Carlo, deceased), Paul (Yaima), and Robert (Heather). Martha was predeceased by parents Herman and Pauline Keller and siblings Arnold, Hulda, Fred, Adeline, Lila, Albert, and Alma. She will be sadly missed by her 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Martha is resting at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North, Markham, Ontario, (905) 294-2030 on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Box Grove Cemetery following the visitation. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Martha Alvena Grant will take place in Centennial- Albert United Church, 19 Rosehill Boulevard, Oshawa Ontario on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, at 2 o’clock. For those who wish, donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Centennial-Albert United Church or to the charity of your choice.