Mary Patricia Granier, 83, of Havre died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at her residence.
A prayer vigil/rosary service will be held 5 p.m. Friday at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude's Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert D. Grosch as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the St. Jude Parish Center immediately after the service at the graveside.
Mary was born to Ross and Gertrude (Gallo) Lence on Oct. 12, 1921, in Whitefish. After graduating from Whitefish High School, Mary married Frank Granier of Havre in November of 1939.
Following the death of her husband, in November 1952, Mary attended Northern Montana College, where she graduated with honors in English in 1963. She taught at Sunnyside Grade School before moving to Havre High School, where she taught English to many of Havre's youth. Mary retired in 1983, giving her more time to visit family and friends. Mary's quiet but vibrant spirit touched the lives of many students, parents, colleagues, friends and family.
Over the years, Mary was active in numerous Havre organizations. She was a member of the Secular Order of Franciscans, the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and Delta Kappa Gamma. Mary enjoyed mentoring students at the St. Jude Thaddeus School, which kept her young and involved in the lives of Havre's youth. She was an accomplished pianist, playing for her many friends at the Northern Montana Care Center.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Granier; siblings, Marlo Lence and Louise Strunk; daughter, Annette Granier; daughter-in-law, Trish Granier; and granddaughter, Jennifer Granier.
Survivors include her children, Louie Granier of Carson City, Nev., James (Judie) Granier of Littleton, Colo., Carmela (David) Hughes of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Frank (Libby) Granier of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bear Paw Hospice, 30 13th St. W., Havre, MT 59501; to St. Jude Thaddeus School, 624 Fourth St., Havre, MT 59501; or to one's favorite charity.
Arrangements are entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.