Marjorie Elizabeth Grimmett, 92, of Fayetteville, Georgia, died on April 16, 2013.
Marge (Santos) Grimmett was born and raised on Pine Street in Vineyard Haven, very close to Lake Tashmoo where she later visited in the summer months. She married Hall W. Grimmett (Buck) from Texas in 1943 during WW II. Because of his military career, she was able to live in many states, as well as Italy, Germany, Viet Nam, Peru, and Hong Kong.
Marge loved life, her family and her many friends. Even with Parkinson’s disease, she stayed active until the past six months of her life. Her love for Martha’s Vineyard and her family and friends drew her back here off and on for most of her life.
Marge loved the Island, where she worked many years in different businesses. Many hours were spent knitting items for family and friends, as her granddaughter Elizabeth would say, “When she was sitting, she was knitting.” When she could get a small group together, she enjoyed a good card game. She loved playing cards with her cousins Louise Estrella and Louise Robinson and friend Betty Ortiz. She also taught her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the love of cards.
She would always swim in Tashmoo, where even the cold freshwater springs didn’t stop her, and in her later years swam across and back. She also enjoyed quahoging by doing the twist and digging with her toes. She loved seafood so much that when there was a family reunion she always made sure one night was a lobster feast. She loved to dance and took classes offered on the Island. She received the Gold Star Mothers Club plaque. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 257, the Portuguese- American Club, where she volunteered at the Feast with her family at one of the food stands. She volunteered with the Kairos Group with her daughter.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jon Grimmett, and her sister, Helen Santos Whorton. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Martin, and her husband, Bob, of Fayetteville, son Hall Grimmett Jr. and his wife Rose of Richland, Georgia, son Barry Grimmett and his wife Kathleen of Columbus, Georgia; grandchildren Robert Martin and his wife, Angie, Elizabeth Doster and her husband, Dean, Hall Grimmett III, Jon Martin and his wife, Alisha, Pepper Grimmett and Amber Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren Austin and Georgia Martin, Drake, Willow and Iris Weldon, Kylie and Korie Doster, Ryvers, Ridge, Birch, Bramble, Adler, Beck, and Juni Martin. She is also survived by her brother, George Santos Sr. of Vineyard Haven, many nieces and nephews, family members and loving friends.
Marge’s family wants to especially thank Janet Chastain (our God-sent angel), and Mary Ann, Pam, Allison and Steve from Amedisys Hospice for their love, care, and support.
A memorial service was held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 640 Ebenezer Church Road, Fayetteville. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 13, at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven at 11 am with collation to follow at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kairos Outside of Georgia, P. O. Box 407, Cartersville, Georgia 31028 or Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.