Marjorie Murray reports that she just received the obituary of the late Ileta V. Grinnell, widow of the late James L. Grinnell, the former genealogist and co-founder of the GFA, whose countless contributions to the Association were and are still so much appreciated. It came in from cousin Robert Grinnell, also of Hot Springs AR. Thanks Bob.
Ileta V. Grinnell
This article was published June 12, 2016 at 4:00 a.m., in the Hot Springs Village (AR) Voice.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- On April 10, 2016, Ileta V. Grinnell passed away peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 91, while a resident at Good Samaritan of HSV.
Born June 29, 1924, in Hammond, Ind., as the only child of Anthony and Mabel D. (Hutchison) Mayer, she became a surgical nurse in the same hospital where she was born. She loved nursing and had fond memories of being a camp nurse, where she made fudge for the kids. While working in Chicago, she joined the Methodist Church in the "Chapel in the Sky" at The Chicago Temple. It was there she met and married James L. Grinnell. In 1986, Jim retired from ABC and they moved to Hot Springs Village.
Ileta had a lifelong hobby of collecting postcards. She traveled to conventions and her 50,000-card collection had some that were very unique. She was active in the Methodist Church and very fond of all kitties, especially their Felix.
Ileta was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by Jim's niece, Barbara Vargason, who was very special to her, and Barbara's son, Paul. She is also survived by her dear friend, Sue Wilson, who saw to her needs for the last 12 years. Ileta had many caring care givers and remained good friends with Love Rotalsky.
We want to thank all the staff of Arkansas Hospice and Good Samaritan for the exceptional care given to Ileta and the help given to Sue. We also want to thank Bill Brusenhan, who assisted Ileta and Sue with all things financial.
Per Ileta's request, there will be no public services. Donations may be made to Arkansas Hospice.
From Webmaster Larry Grinnell: Ileta was also incredibly generous to the GFA, leaving a substantial gift in excess of $20,000. The GFA Board of Directors will be meeting later this summer to discuss this amazing gift and how to make the best use of it.