Barbara Hilliker Grant

Barbara Hilliker GrantBarbara 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

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The Bauer's
January 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

We were saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. We will forever hold fond memories both in regards to BMC and our personal life’s. We are blessed to have purchased her player piano and will think if her whenever it is played. We pray for peace and comfort for all of her family and friends.

Love and will miss you Barb,

Bob, Tami, Becca and Bailey

The Parkers
January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

We are so sad to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a great lady. Barb was always the first to send out her christmas cards. Dave will always remember her at the typewriter typing his proposals and all her help at BMC.

With deepest sympathey
our thoughts and prayers to Barb’s family.

David, Tami, Courtney and Zachary

Nancy Bradley
January 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom, Janet. I lost my Mom recently, too, but to continue to feel her love surrounding me has been such a comfort and blessing. I know for sure that your Mom’s love will be right with you, too, and I hope that will bring you some peace in these difficult times and always.
My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy to you and your family,

Nancy Bradley

Bob and Kay Underwood
January 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Dear Janet, We’re so sorry about the passing of your Mother…she was a dear friend to us. We will miss her in so many ways…Bob will miss her calls to “Handyman Bob”.You’re in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Deepest sympathy to you and your family..
Love, Bob and Kay


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