OBITUARY: Lena Allene Grant

Lena Allene Grant, 81, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Mich., the daughter of William and Harmiena Nuyen VanHaafften. She attended schools in Battle Creek, Mich. Lena married Bobby Dee Grant on June 29, 1958 in El Dorado, Kansas, they had recently celebrating 61 years of marriage.

Shortly after being married they moved to Newton. Lena worked at Moore’s IGA Store for several year. After retiring she worked at the Prime Time Convenience Store. She was an avid bingo player, she enjoyed going to the 101 in Wichita and both the American Legion and V.F.W. in Newton.

Lena was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newton and the Newton Eagles Lodge No. 2516 for nearly 40 years.

Survivors include her husband Bobby of the home; daughter Karen Rothe and husband Clay of Hutchinson.; grandchildren Rachael Allmon and husband Drew of College Station, Texas, and Trenton Jacobs and wife Amy of Kansas City, Kan. two great-granddaughters, Sawyer and Elliott Jacobs; and two sisters, Ann Armstrong and Judy Reed both of Battle Creek, Mich.

Lena was preceded in death by her parent and brother Charles VanHaafften.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Private family inurnment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been established with Newton Meals on Wheels and American Red Cross. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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