Sarah Frances Smith Granger, 86, of Orangefield, took her Heavenly flight to be with her Lord and Savior, Feb. 3, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield. Officiating will be Monsignor Francis Conroy. Burial will follow at Granger Cemetery in Duncan Woods on Mansfield Ferry Rd. off of FM 105.
Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 pm, Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm by Deacon Tim Istre, of St. Helen Catholic Church.
Born in Emblem, Aug. 1, 1929. She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Smith and Lucy Dee (Spradlin) Smith. She attended and graduated from Orangefield High School and met the love of her life, Thomas R. “Tick” Granger. They were married Jan. 21, 1948. She was mother to seven children. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She worked at Sears and also worked at Orangefield Jr. High School as the cafeteria manager. Sarah enjoyed sewing, especially making clothes for her children and herself; cooking, especially her delicious chocolate pies and German Chocolate Cake; softball, where she played second base on a women’s team and bowling on several leagues and tournaments. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield. She was involved with several ministries there in her early years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 62 years, Thomas R. “Tick” Granger; daughter, Christine Elizabeth Granger; brother, Jack E. Smith; sister, Martha Sue Benoit and brothers-in-law, Ivan “Butch” Croak and Billy R. Martin.
She is survived by her children, Linda Crawford (George) of Orange, Bonita Eaves (Charles Jr.) of Buna, Lisa Smith (Bubba) of Orangefield, Tommy Granger (Peggy) of Orangefield, Stephen Granger (Glenda) of Orange, and Glenn Granger (Will), of Katy; 40 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Croak, of Vidor and Mary Lou Martin, of Amarillo; sister-in-law, Elva Jean Smith, of Waller and brothers-in-law, Loveless J. “Blackie” Benoit, of Orangefield and Oda Bell, also of Orangefield.
Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas P. Granger, Jr., Slade Granger, Shane Granger, Thomas R. Granger II, Coby Granger, Brandon Granger, Brian Granger and Glenn Granger, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Christopher Crawford, Mark Thomas, Jr., Josh Granger, Wyatt and Jax Ernst, Cody Edgerton, Brent Smith, Curt Edgerton, Daniel Eaves, Blaine Eaves, Sean Edgerton, Tyler Meaux, Elliott Granger, Dylan Williams, Skyler Click, Kaysen Click, Deion Jones, Landon Meaux, Caleb Pickering and Bryce Stanley.
The Granger family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice of Beaumont and the staff of Oakwood Manor in Vidor for the special care given to our dear mother. May God bless you all!