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V. Marcella ‘Wink’ Grant

November 9, 2012
The Marietta Times

V. Marcella "Wink" Grant (nee Witt), passed away Saturday morning (Oct. 27, 2012) at The Arbors, Marietta, following an extended illness.

Born July 28, 1924, and raised in Parkersburg, Marcella graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1942 and later attended Ohio State University, Columbus, where she majored in art. Before her illness, she was a longtime Belpre resident.

Throughout her life she worked as a bookkeeper and was corporate treasurer and part owner of Grant's Inc., Parkersburg. She retired from Vanguard Paints, Marietta, in 1993.

Marcella was active in multiple organizations including as Brownie troop leader, vacation Bible school art teacher, Belpre Women's Club, Job's Daughters music director and guardian treasurer, and was a former officer in the Order of Eastern Star, Belpre Chapter #541.

She was confirmed in Trinity Episcopal Church, Parkersburg, but also belonged to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Belpre where she was a member of the Joanna Circle and served as a deacon.

She is preceded in death by her husband Benjamin R. Grant Jr., former Belpre City auditor, her parents Lela A. and H.E. Witt Sr., several cousins and a beloved dog, Libbet. Surviving are daughter, Lexiann Grant (husband James Snider), central West Virginia; and brother, H.E. "Bud" Witt (wife Jean) of Columbus.

Her memorial service is Saturday (Nov. 10) in Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Juliana St., Parkersburg at 2 p.m. Family and friends gathering will immediately follow the service in the Memorial Library until 4 p.m. Graveside services will be set for a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the WV chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at or by calling 1-800-272-3900; The Humane Society of Parkersburg at or phone 304-422-5541; or to other dementia research and support organizations or companion animal rescue groups of your choice.

Arrangements by Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at



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