Michele Ann Grantham, 69, died Monday at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, following an extended illness. She will be remembered for many things, but her sense of humor, incredible kindness, and devotion to her family tops the list.
The family provided some of the following information.
Michele was born on Dec. 18, 1943, to Roy and Frances Dunlap in Redwing, Minn., and lived the majority of her early life in St. Paul, Minn., being a big sister to five brothers and sisters. Following high school she worked for Braniff Airlines, where she met her future husband, Joe Grantham. Following a brief courtship, they married in 1964, and took up roots in Manhattan, where she built a life raising her children, playing tennis, volunteering at numerous charities, and being a friend to all that knew her.
She leaves behind her husband, Joe of Manhattan, and family John and Renie Grantham of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff and Peggy Grantham of Overland Park, and Amy and Kevin Eickmann of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the grandmother, better known as ‘Grammy,’ to Lily, Michael, Eleanor and Kate. Her grandchildren were incredibly honored to have experienced her radiance of love during their limited time with her. She also leaves behind her brothers Roy Dunlap of Taos, N.M., Bill Dunlap of St. Paul, Minn., sister Patty Whitaker, Dellwood, MN, Dana Massopust, Stillwater, MN, and Liz Hersey of St. Paul, Minn., along with countless nieces and nephews, who were also drawn to her kindness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Frances Dunlap, and two grandchildren, Madeline and Jack Grantham.
There will be a visitation at Irvin-Parkview Funeral home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Seven Dolors Church.
She touched many lives in Manhattan, as evidenced by her outpouring of ‘well wishes’ from so many of her great friends. The family cannot thank the people of Manhattan enough for being who they are: a kind, loving, and caring community that took in our mother and made her one of their own. Thank you, Manhattan and thank you to the kind souls that make this place what it truly is: home.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and can be left in care of the funeral home.
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