Jean Emma Grant, who was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah and a past president of the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, died Sept. 9, in Freeport, Illinois. She was 93.

She was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, to Walter and Pearl Shimp. She married Orin Grant in Evanston, Illinois, in 1949. They were married for 60 years until her husband’s death. 

The couple lived in Katonah for 52 years and in 2006 moved to Freeport.

She a was longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah, where she served as church elder, usher, greeter, and on the Session and Presbyterian women’s group. She was also a longtime member of the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, where she served as president, hospitality chairman and managed their Thrift Shop for over 20 years. She was also a member of the local Lions Club chapter, and the bookkeeper for the family business. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years.

In Freeport, she joined the United Presbyterian Church where she was deacon for eight years. She also belonged to the Presbyterian Woman’s Group and served as treasurer. She was treasurer of the Liberty Villa Association for eight years.

She was an avid bridge player in Katonah and Freeport, according to her family. She also was a passionate Chicago Cubs fan, and so pleased she lived to see the team win a World Series, they added.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Schmitt of New Milford, Connecticut; a son, Brad Grant of Freeport, Illinois; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her family hopes to hold celebration of life services in the spring of 2021 in Freeport and Katonah. Her ashes will be interned in the Memorial Garden at the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah.  

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund in her name at Walker Mortuary in Freeport.  A donation will be made to the Girl Scouts of America in her name. To make a donation, visit

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