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Elizabeth F Grant (Libby)


Elizabeth F Grant (Libby), 104, of Owensboro, KY went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 2, 2023 at the Heartford House.  Libby was born in Lewisport, KY on July 1, 1918 to the late Joseph Haywood and Nancy Smith Pate.

She moved away from Kentucky during World War II and served as an officer in the Women’s Army Corps, detailed to the Quartermaster Corps.  She had assignments in Utah and California and was the first woman officer assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington.  She left active service at the time of her marriage but remained a Captain in the Reserves for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Virgil V. Grant (Bud), who died in November 1986, her brothers Robert S. (Joe Bob), Samuel H. and George K. Pate, her nieces Sally Jo Taylor and Donna Ogle and her nephew Karl A. Pate.

Libby was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, but enjoyed attending Central Presbyterian Church, after she relocated to Owensboro.  She was an avid bridge player and reader throughout her life.  In addition, she worked with the Girl Scouts, spent many hours typing large print text books for use by legally blind students, was a tutor in the literacy Program and volunteered at the Hancock County Museum located in Hawesville, Kentucky.

Libby is survived by her daughter Nancy G Harper of Alexandria, Virginia, nephews Bobby and Keith Pate of Lewisport and a niece Mary J. Niewerth of South Carolina and their families, Betty Sue Greathouse and Melanie Taylor.

Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday April 6, 2023 at Gibson and Son Funeral Home, Lewisport Chapel.  Visitation will be from 12 noon until service time Thursday at the Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to either the Wendell Foster Center or Hospice of Western Kentucky.  Online condolences may be left for Libby’s family at

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