Genevieve Ann Chastain Grant (Gene Ann) went home to be with Jesus on August 3, 2018.
A Celebration of Gene Ann will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00. The burial will be at Llano Cemetery preceding the Celebration.
Gene Ann was born to Jefferson Floyd Chastain and Lenora Barnes Chastain on August 22, 1934 in Waco, TX, where she grew up and developed her love for Dr. Pepper. She attended Baylor University. Oh how she loved “The Bears”. She worked in the Baylor Student Union Building under her loving mentor Marie Mathis (Bill Grant’s aunt). Marie insisted on introducing Bill to Gene Ann and the love story began. In 1956, after graduating with a B.S. in business, she married William DeWitt Grant Jr. from Dallas, TX.
Gene Ann’s gift was to spread joy, no matter what the season. JOY was her “word”. She loved God first, which allowed her to share the joy of the Lord with her family, her friends, at First Presbyterian and throughout her community. For more than 50 years she shared her love and faith as a Sunday School teacher, an Elder and a member of numerous church committees. She enjoyed various Bible studies, fun groups, retreats and her wonderful Women’s Circles. The joy of the Lord was her strength.
She loved her family! Her family was her number one priority. She always encouraged us with her favorite scripture – Philippians 4:13 – telling us we could do all things through Christ who strengthens us. She supported us at volleyball games, baseball games, cross country track meets, dance and piano recitals, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls. She always welcomed our friends into our home with open arms and great food. She celebrated every holiday and created happy memories while decorating Easter eggs, making valentines and creating gingerbread houses. Every birthday was a joyous celebration with fabulous birthday parties and wonderful cakes.
She loved her friends. She shared her love by talking on the phone and throwing parties – tea parties, holiday parties or “just because” parties. She encouraged her friends with cards, scripture, homemade baked goodies and little gifts. And just as she showered her friends with countless gifts of kindness and thoughtfulness, they returned their love for her in the same way. As her friends’ children became adults, she welcomed them into her circle of love and friendship. She loved having fun at Birthday Club, Antique Club, Book Club, Calico Girls, PEO, and the Palo Duro Club. Gene Ann treasured her beautiful friends; each was a gift to her heart and infused her with joy.
She loved and served her community, which was evident by all her affiliations and activities. Her first concern was to help others. She was a Volunteer in Public schools (VIP) and a passionate volunteer for the Texas Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities. She encouraged, loved and supported parents, children, adults and teachers whose lives were touched by learning disabilities. She participated in Leadership Amarillo. She was a member of Amarillo Women’s Network, Parent Involvement Committee for AISD, Panhandle Youth Council, Alliance of Community Service Executives, Panhandle Geological Society Auxiliary, Amarillo Symphony Guild, and Discovery Center Academy, to name a few. And her community loved her back. She was awarded a Service Award by the Texas Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, named to Personalities of the South, recipient of an Outstanding Panhandle Woman of the Year by West Texas State University, and received a lifetime membership to Texas PTA. Serving others brought her great joy.
Gene Ann was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Dewitt Grant. She is survived by, her daughter, Ann Marie Grant Reynolds and husband Lee, her son, Jefferson Winn Grant, her daughter, Kay Lucille Grant Bural and husband David, her son, Carlton William Grant, the “Great 8” grandchildren – Travis Daniel Bural, Amanda Reynolds Dominguez and her husband Eli, Kaylee Ann Bural, Teel Two-Clouds Hawkins and his wife Layne, Kristin Marie Bural, Courtney DeWitt Grant, William Grant Bural and Karoline Bandy Bural, her brother, Charles Cato Chastain, her niece- Connie and her family, her nephew Chuck, and her nephew Chris and his family and many beautiful friends she considered family.
She lived a full and blessed life and has left behind an amazing legacy of joy.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Amarillo’s Children’s Home/3400 South Bowie/Amarillo, TX 79109.