Jane Irby Grant died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at her home in Wilmington after a long battle with lung disease. She was 77.
Born in Winston-Salem, she was the daughter of Ralph Leigh and Eliza Harrell Irby. She was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, St. Mary’s College and Salem College. After graduation, she followed her husband to Inglewood, California, as he completed a stint in the U.S. Air Force. Afterward, they moved to Brevard and then Columbia, South Carolina, where they raised their two children.
During her life she spent countless hours assisting her husband in his entrepreneurial enterprises and was always available for and supportive of her children’s activities and hobbies. She also worked for the Richland County Public Library system, where she created and developed the position of personnel director. She later served on the RCPL library board.
Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to his hometown, Wrightsville Beach, where they enjoyed many happy years sailing and enjoying beach life. They also spent seven winters on their sailboat in Marathon, Florida, where they made many lifelong friends. Jane also served on the New Hanover County Public Library Board while in Wrightsville Beach.
Jane was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, and St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church in Wilmington.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Richard and a nephew, Jeff Irby.
She is survived by her son, Richard Oscar Grant III, of Greeneville, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina; daughter, Louise Harrell Grant (Curt Elliott), of Wilmington and Columbia, South Carolina; beloved daughter-in-law, Kathleen Trewhella-Grant, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, Julie and Leigh Irby, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sister-in-law, Sarah Bird Wright, of Richmond, Virginia; nieces, Beth Irby Withers and Jane Irby Schrum; and nephews, Alex Grant Wright, Ashley Martin Grant and Charlie D’Arcy Grant.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road with a reception immediately following at the parish hall. A private burial will be held at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Good Shepherd House, 811 Martin St., Wilmington, NC, 28401 or the New Hanover Library Foundation, 210 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC, 28401.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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