Claudia S. Grant, 83, homemaker

October 08, 2005

Claudia S. Grant, a homemaker and volunteer, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Sunday at the Green Ridge Village retirement community in Newville, Pa. The former Ruxton resident was 83.

Born Claudia Rhett Stuart in Arlington, Va., she was raised in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood and earned a bachelor's degree in 1944 from George Washington University.

Mrs. Grant, who resided for many years in Towson and Ruxton, had volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She had lived at the retirement community since 2003.

She enjoyed baking and was known for her Congo chocolate chip brownies, lemon bars and chocolate pound cake, family members said.

Nicknamed "the grandmother of Ruxton Ridge," Mrs. Grant took an interest in her neighbors and their children. "She'd go out and visit with the children as they waited for the school bus. They all became part of her extended family," said her son, David N.W. Grant III of Maplewood, N.J., president of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

She enjoyed needlework and knitting sweaters for family members.

Her husband of 56 years, David N.W. Grant Jr., an executive vice president of the former Peterson, Howell & Heather Inc., died in 2000.

Mrs. Grant was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 22.

She also is survived by another son, James S. Grant of Toronto; a daughter, Dorothy Grant Reed of Carlisle, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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