Lou Yates Grissom, 83, known as the ‘epitome of a gracious southern lady’

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Lou Yates Grissom
Lou Yates Grissom

Lou Yates Grissom, of Wilmington, died suddenly on Monday, June 15, 2015, at home. She was 83.

She was born on April 8, 1932, in Fayetteville, daughter of the late Gladys Lane and Malcolm Yates. Lou was also preceded in death by her infant grandson, Robert Yates Janus.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lynwood Lawrence Grissom; her special sister-in-law, Grace Grissom Angermayer; her daughters, Lynn Grissom Calder and husband, Bill and Laurie Grissom Janus and husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Kathryn Calder Barmore and husband, James, Caroline Prince Calder, Michael Collins Janus and Grayson Elizabeth Janus; and half-brothers, Michael and Wayne Yates.

Lou was a cheerleader at East Carolina College (now ECU) when she met her husband, Hawk. Lou was extremely devoted and loyal to her family and friends. Her grandchildren meant the world to her. She loved friends dropping in for a visit. Her home was always open to everyone.

Lou loved playing bridge, sports, politics, the beach, long conversations, the Cape Fear Country Club and Christmas. Lou had a great sense of humor and was the epitome of a gracious southern lady. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. .

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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