Barbara was born December 23, 1923, to Mark James Hilliker and Edith Stanke Hilliker in the City of Lansing. She attended schools in the Lansing School System, graduating from Lansing Central High School in June of 1941. After graduation, Barbara attended Lansing Business University. During the war years, Barbara was involved in USO volunteer activities. She loved working with people and was active in office and retail sales all of her life. She retired as office manager of Business Machines Company in 1987.
The highlight of her life was her marriage to Miles Dewey Grant, Jr. on April 21, 1948; this union had been one of lasting devotion and mutual admiration through the years.
She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, volunteered in the office, and was a member of Mayflower Circle. Past President of Chapter BZ, P.E.O. Sisterhood and life member of Arbutus #45 Order of Eastern Star. She was active with the Knights Templar Drill Team as a full time supporter (which included serving coffee each morning for the drill team members).
Barb loved the out-of-doors, especially at their farm located on Lake Michigan. She also loved gardening, dancing, walking, reading and the computer. In her later years, she enjoyed playing cards, participating in antique sales and socializing with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Mary Elizabeth Hilliker. Surviving are: her loving daughter and son-in-law, Janet Brennan and Dr. Kenneth Brennan; and her pride and joy, grandchildren, Zachary Grant Brennan and Sarah Elizabeth Brennan.
THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THIS SERVICE AS FOLLOWS: A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation or Plymouth Congregational Church Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be left for her family at www.EstesLeadley.com.