Published DateCONCORD — Evelyn Mills Collins Grant, 88, wife of Richard Grant, died on February 7, 2013 after enduring, with grace and dignity, many years of ill health. She was blessed to have her family by her side for several days at her residence in Concord, New Hampshire. Evelyn was born on July 21, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island and was the third daughter of Annie and Frederick Mills and sister of the late Ella Louise Mills.
Lynn and Dick spent their summers at Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. On this beautiful property they celebrated their "Everything Day", (July 21) which included their wedding anniversary for the past 33 years and both Lynn and Dick's birthdays and even their oldest great grandchild's birthday. Lynn was well known for her yummy baking and cooking, superior dressmaking skills and crafting. Both Lynn and Dick would love to go out for a square dancing night, always in outfits that she created. Lynn loved spending many days on their boat named Bubbles and brought home the daily catch for supper. Countless evenings and rainy days she hosted a lively card game. There would be "good for you" walks with friends, family and little ones. During their retirement the Grants enjoyed wintering in Florida, cruising and traveling to many vacation spots in North America. For the past several years Lynn and Dick have enjoyed the benefits of residing at Havenwood/Heritage Heights in Concord and being with their new friends.
Evelyn is survived by her husband Richard Grant of Concord, NH, her sister Dorothy Carstensen of Providence, Rhode Island and her children Joan and Austin McGuigan of Columbia, Connecticut, Richard and Christine Collins of Ipswich, Massachusetts and Charles Collins of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She also leaves behind Richard's family: Catherine Raulick of Gilmanton IW, NH, Sandra Grant and Jimmy Burgess of Gilmanton, NH and Peter Grant of Nashua, NH and their children. Evelyn is survived by grandchildren: Kerry Hoffman, Ryan McGuigan and Erin Parker; Jacqui and Morgan Collins, Julie Hoyt and Brendan and Siobhan Collins and by six great-grandchildren: Theodore, Lindsey, Elena, Cate, Eibhlin and Shane. Lynn was "Nams" to them all.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Arthritis Foundation in her memory.
Condolences to: Richard Grant, 33 Christian Ave., Concord, N.H. 03301-6128