Mary Knowlton Grindle was born June 20, 1925, in Liberty, Maine, to Claudius S. and Ivanella Knowton, the fourth of eight children.
She moved to Goffstown, N.H., in 1933 to live with Uncle Wade and Aunt Jo Knowlton, who had been unable to have children of their own. She graduated in 1942 from Goffstown High School, attended the University of New Hampshire and worked in Boston during World War II. She returned to Maine in 1945 and met husband Russ in January 1946, marrying in May 1946. Sons Victor, Russ and Tim were born in Maine. Russ re-enlisted in the Army Air Core in 1948, taking them to bases in Maine and New Jersey; England, where Nora was born; and Germany, where Claudia was born. They returned to the U.S .in 1958, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, moving to Fairfield in 1964 when Russ retired.
Mary was an avid bowler, participating in many leagues with friends and family. She was an active member of Suisun Chapter No. 2, Order of the Eastern Star, of which she is a 68-year member. She served on the Rainbow Girls board and as mother adviser of Suisun Assembly No. 8, and was also a hospital guild volunteer. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, knitting and needlepoint, making around 30 beautiful Christmas stockings for family.
She is survived by her son Russell Grindle (Ramona); daughters, Nora Anderson (Mark), and Claudia Montee (Jim); 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Louise Smith, Justin and Wade Knowlton, and Barbara Sylvester; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will occur at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the Fairfield Masonic Lodge, 412 Travis Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to the Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia Fund; please contact the family for details.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533. (707) 425-4697, www.bryanbraker.com.