LOVELAND, Colo. — Mary Frances Grandia, of Loveland, Colo., passed away on April 23, 2014, and “graduated from life.”
She was born on Aug. 23, 1923, in Mahaska County to Margaret and Preston McCracken. After graduation from Cedar High School, she worked at Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa. During that time, she met, and subsequently married, Lester Grandia, and joined him in his long military career. That career included postings in Germany, Japan, Washington, Wyoming, Virginia, California and Iowa. Many years later, she returned to school to proudly complete her nurses training as an LPN.
After Lester’s retirement in 1970, they settled in Loveland, Colo., as they both enjoyed the mountains. Traveling was a big part of their military life, and continued to be so for the rest of their lives. Mary Frances’ other interests included volunteering at McKee Hospital and the Realto Theater, and active participation in the local Essential Tremor Support Group, the Cancer Support Group, the Larimer County Genealogy Group, and the First Christian Church of Loveland. She is survived by her four sons: Kenneth L. Grandia and wife Kathy, of Calgary, Canada, Larry D. Grandia and wife Glenna, of St. George, Utah, Donald K. Grandia and wife Deborah, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Robert A. Grandia and wife Sarajane, of Loveland, Colo.; her brother Lowell McCracken and his wife Lois, of Fremont, two sisters-in-law Freda McCracken, of Oskaloosa, and Beverly McCracken, of Eddyville; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews; and long-time friend and travel companion Millie Miller, of Ft. Collins, Colo. Mary Frances was preceded in death by her best friend and loving husband Lester; her parents; two brothers, Willard and Worth McCracken; niece Marlene McCracken, and nephew Wayne McCracken.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 10 a.m. at First Christian Church in Loveland, Colo., with a reception immediately following services. Following the reception burial will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO, at 2:15 p.m., staging area “C”. Viewing will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Viegut Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to First Christian Church of Loveland, the International Essential Tremor Foundation or the Pathways Hospice in care of Viegut Funeral Home. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.