Marie Kateri Grant
Last updated 3/13/2019 at 9:38am
Marie Kateri Grant, 95, beloved and respected Elder, left us Wednesday morning, February 27, 2019, from Nespelem, Washington. Marie was born Wednesday, January 16, 1924, to Moses and Alice Francis Sherwood-Paine, into one of three Native families living in the Chewelah Valley of Washington state at that time. As a child, Marie remembered her mother made buckskin gloves for Doc Carson, who served the medical needs of the valley families from his horse and buggy. Doc Carson was Marie's inspiration to enter the medical field herself, becoming an LPN and serving patients at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, for 17 years. Nurse Marie especially enjoyed caring for Elders. Just 10 days before Christmas, on Thursday, December 15, 1966, Marie's life forever changed when she married John Grant in Seattle, Washington. A proud member of the Spokane Tribe, Marie retired in 1986 from Colville Tribal Social Services where she served as a File Clerk, Secretary and Administrative Assistant. She belonged to the Catholic Church, the Longhouse Digging and Pitching Society and was a Life Member of American Legion Post 114. For relaxation, Marie enjoyed Beading and Sewing of Traditional Clothing.
Predeceased by her beloved husband of 48 years, John Grant; Great-Grandmother, Sophie; Grandparents: Louise and Robert Sherwood; both of her Parents; step-father: Tom Abrahamson; sisters: Helen Abrahamson; Agnes McCrea Wellpinit and Evelyn Abrahamson; as well as brothers: Carl Abrahamson and Joe Abrahamson.
Marie's legacy lives on through her children: Dolores Castillo, Ernest Castillo, Gloria Castillo-Bird and Linda Grant; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters: Toni Bruno (Robert) and Dorothy Williams (Byron) and "lots" of nephews and nieces.
Marie's dressing took place at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, Washington. The following services took place in the Nespelem Community Center, Nespelem, Washington: Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, with a funeral service 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019. Graveside services for Marie immediately followed at Chief Joseph Cemetery, Nespelem, Washington.
It was Marie's wish that any donations in her memory be made to the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation, 1204 N. Vercler Rd., STE 101, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, Phone: 509-228-1019
Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting her family.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Marie's family.