In Loving Memory-Eileen “Boo Boo” Grant
Eileen “Boo Boo” Grant passed away peacefully in her home on February 2nd 2013 surrounded by her family.
Boo Boo was born April 20th 1936 to Albert Gray Sr and Edith Masten in Blue Lake California. She attended grade school in Blue Lake, freshman year at Arcata High and her remaining years at Hoopa High where she was a cheerleader and a post graduate. In 1956, she married the love of her life Byron Grant in Reno, Nevada and they had five children. She worked as a certified Health Aid at the old Hoopa Hospital from 1974-1984. It was here that she met her lifelong friend Christine Nix. Chris stuck by Boo Boo through good times and bad and was a ‘true blue’ friend. Boo Boo later worked in enrollment at the BIA in Redding and went on to work as a weigh master for Hoopa Forest Industries and later as a caregiver for numerous local children.
Boo Boo was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, with a lovely spirit and a contagious laugh. She was beautiful and kind of heart. Boo Boo loved spending time with her children and grand children. She never missed a holiday celebration or one of her family’s birthdays; she was known to always have a card with a little money ready for them. In her early years she loved traveling the boat race circuit with her husband and son. She was a skilled Scrabble, Yahtzee, Cribbage, Rummy and Pinochle opponent, and enjoyed playing her luck at Bingo and the Slots. She loved to dance, watch old movies, read romance novels, sew, watch the humming birds, listen to her wind chimes, and was often heard wishing for rain; she was happiest when the rain was pattering on her roof. She was well known for her fondness for bells, her exquisite crocheted doilies, blankets, baby clothes, and Christmas ornaments, and her affinity for Folgers and True Blues. Boo Boo was greatly loved and will be deeply missed. She leaves behind a legacy of family, tradition, and a love of life and all things beautiful.
Boo Boo was preceded in death by her Father Albert Gray Sr, Mother Edith Masten, Sister Darlene Gray, Son Byron Grant Jr and Husband Byron Grant Sr. She is survived by Brother Albert Gray Jr (and Paula), Sister Janet Jackson (and Lincoln), Bud and Mardell Gray, Daughters Edith Norton (and Kenny), Vicki Cole (and Theo), Maggie Pearson (and Ranold Sr), and Leslie Grant, Daughter In-law Lisa Grant, Son In-Laws Arthur Jones, Marion “Inker” McCovey, and Gordon McCovey, Grandchildren Leilani Pole (and Nathan), Samuel and Louisa Jones (and Elliot “Bud”) and Cheyenne Norton, Eileen “Tek-Wes” McCovey (and Jocelyn), Lovae Blake (and Jake), Heather Campbell (and Bob Jr), Ranold Person Jr, Brooke Grant (and Demetrius), Lindsay and Barbara Grant, Future McCovey (and Arlen), Neila Marshall (and Joe), Sadie McCovey (and Damien), Marion McCovey Jr (and Dori), and Romeo McCovey (and Heather), Great Grand Children Sloan, Minnie, and Isabelle McKelvy, Cleora Pole, Julia, Jacob, and Jedidiah Jones, Sammy Jones, Louisa Henry, Ivy Lamebear, Wau’Kel and Say-Gep Blake Jr, Bobby III, Tristin, and Lane Campbell, Leroy McCovey-Pearson, Byron Lane Spencer, Kila”gyah, Nas-Che-Wen, and Benjamin Hunsucker Jr, Kinensche` and Jack Joseph Marshall, and Marion McCovey III, Nieces Kim Gray, Rachelyn McKinnon, Dottie Gray, Carmie Hostler, Lila “Twids” Jackson, Stormy Polmiteer, and Grace Jackson, Nephews Delbert Gray, Wally Gray, Steve Gray, and Ryan Jackson, and faithful companion Winnie.
The Legend of the Hummingbird
“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like the hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation- Papyrus”
Cherished Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt – Thank you for being our hummingbird, we will never forget you…
Graveside Services were held for Boo Boo on February 9th, 2013. Acknowledgements to follow.