In Memory of

Shirley E. Grant

February 23, 1929 - January 24, 2020
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Shirley E. Grant 90, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 at Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge.  A family-conducted Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2021 at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.  Visiation will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until service time.

     In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions for the purpose of Alzheimer's Disease Research at Mayo Clinic be sent to:  Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN  55901.  Donations should note gifts are in memory of Shirley Grant.

     Shirley is survived by her husband Dean; children, Larry (Mary) Grant of Fort Collins, CO; Barry (Bonnie) Grant of Urbandale, Becky (Jerry) Waller of River Falls, WI, and Scott (Diane) Grant of Algona; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Laura (Flack) Yeager; brothers, Ralph and Donald Yeager; and sister Helen Wilson.

     Shirley Eloise Yeager Grant was born February 23, 1929 at her Grandmother Flack’s house in Churdan, Iowa.  She graduated from Farnhamville High School, with the Class of 1946. Shirley received her teaching certificate and taught country school for three years. 

     On March 11, 1951, during a blizzard, she was united in marriage to L. Dean Grant at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell City.  The couple established their home on the family farm near Rockwell City. 

     Shirley lived her life with purpose, perseverance and passion, traits she passed on to her children.  She was particularly focused on improving the conditions for those with learning disabilities.    

    Shirley was a member of Iowa State Learning Disability Association, Adult and Children with Learning and Development Disabilities, and active in Women’s Rights.  She worked alongside her husband Dean, helping with the farm work. Shirley was an avid reader, enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and sewing, had a deep love for music and playing piano, and taking care of her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service
10:30 a.m. - Friday
August 13, 2021
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
9:30 a.m. - Friday
August 13, 2021
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa


Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:46 PM
“We are all so sorry for your loss. Words fail to describe how wonderful it was to see two people who love each other as much as Shirley and Dean. Grandma was such a spunky character and I am so proud to be able to call myself a granddaughter. Grandma taught me to be well informed and politically engaged. I watched her run a farmhouse and keep a clean, welcoming and beautiful home. Watching her and Grandpa Dean show little signs of affection was a wonderful education on enduring relationships. Grandma made me the most wonderful quilt that has followed me through almost 20 years and over 1000 miles, it lives on my bed and always reminds me of her. I will miss her detailed holiday letters of farm life. I will muss her hugs. Sending so much love and affection. Sarah, Zoe, Isla, Rich and Riley ”
- Sarah O’Brien

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:15 AM
“My condolences to the Grant family. What a wonderful lady and nice family. ”
- Joseph Feld

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5:46 PM
“Dean and family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Shirley was a remarkable woman and will certainly be missed. June and Jerry”
- June Anderson McGowan

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:07 AM
“I am sorry to hear. I was blessed to go up for a visit and experienced her warm hospitality. She will long be remembered for her kindness.”
- Mitchell Yeager

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:07 AM
“My condolences to the family. ”
- Mitchell Yeager

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:30 PM
“I'm sorry about Shirley. I worked with Shirley's son, Barry, at Pioneer Hi-Bred, now we are both retired Barry sure speaks highly of his parents and often talked about their happenings. One thing is for sure, Shirley's knack for learning and education "rubbed off" on Barry. Also his parent's love of agriculture "rubbed off" just as much. Barry knows more about soybeans than the Green Giant knows about green peas. And I never met anybody that knows more than Barry about John Deere tractors. He didn't learn all that from a touch screen, it was from a few generations of farmers on that farm. I never met Shirley but I bet she had a strong character!!!”
- Jerry Kielsmeier

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:38 PM
“Larry and family, my sympathies for the loss of your dear Mother and Friend. May your many, many memories sustain all of your family. ”
- Joan Mahaffa Tice

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 4:40 PM
“To all the Grant family,
Our sincere condolences to you all. Shirley was a special person and we know how greatly you will miss her. Have a lot of good memories of her growing up and later in neighborhood club with her.
Carol & Steve Moberg ”
- Carol Moberg

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