Emily Laws Grant, 90

Longtime member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church

November 08, 2006

Emily Laws Grant, a homemaker and longtime member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. She was 90.

She was born Emily L. Cross in Baltimore, raised in Roland Park and graduated from Eastern High School.

A member of Old St. Paul's since 1951, Mrs. Grant had been a parish hostess and served as chaperone of the church boys choir when it took trips abroad.

"She became a choir mother in 1965 and is fondly remembered for tying the big, black, fluffy ties worn by the choirboys," said Maizi Heil, parish secretary. "As a volunteer in the parish office, many remember her `happy day' at the end of each phone call."

She also had been director of the Altar Society and director of St. Paul's House, the former historic parish house in downtown Baltimore.

"Emily Grant served the Parish with outstanding devotion and zeal, giving supervision to the preparation of virtually every public act in the liturgical life of the parish," reads a plaque in the Old St. Paul's sacristy.

Mrs. Grant lived in the 300 block of Cathedral St. before moving to 2 Charles Center. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, playing bridge and collecting ladybug jewelry, magnets and knickknacks.

Her husband, Frederick L. Grant Sr., a civil engineer, died in 1965.

A memorial service for Mrs. Grant will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at her church, Saratoga and Charles streets.

Her son, Frederick L. Grant Jr., died in 2001. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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