“Charity suffereth long,and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.”
Holly Deonne Shipler Grant beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away on June 21, 2020 at home with her loving husband by her side after a five year heroic battle against cancer. She was born to William Hollis Shipler and Verlene Patterson Shipler on January 7, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Growing up Holly enjoyed playing outdoors with her siblings and friends. Many winter days were spent snowmobiling in the mountains of Summit County, Emigration Canyon and a few trips through Yellowstone National Park. Summer weekends were spent at the cabin jumping on the “tramp,” playing bumper pool and ping pong; building forts in the field, hiking the mountainside, sliding down the dirt hill and looking for lizards made for a great afternoon. She had a life long love of bike riding, swimming, and spending time at the beaches of Southern California. In her twenties she learned how to ski and passed these passions on to her children Stephanie and Matthew.
She began working at Kmart when her daughter was a baby and enjoyed working there for close to 40 years holding several positions most notably Department Manager all while making many friends along the way.
Over 20 years ago she met and married “The Love of Her Life” Robert Leslie Grant. They were sealed in the LDS Temple in August of 2000. Bob and Holly shared a passion for travel and took many vacations to Europe, Bermuda, Northern California and their beloved Santa Barbara to name a few. They were each others everything. They were inseparable.
Holly was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who loved spending as much time with each of them as she could. She was fun, adventurous, kind, generous and had a wonderful and witty personality.
Holly was a beloved, young Mother, who took an active part in both of her children’s lives. She devoted herself to the pursuit of her daughter, Stephanie and son, Matthew’s happiness and needs. She constantly put her children’s interests ahead of her own. Working two jobs she shouldered the burden of providing for the family, while teaching her children through her actions, what it meant to work hard. Despite Holly’s adult and professional obligations, she never allowed her time away and commitments to diminish her presence as a Mom. She was present during school activities, sports and ensuring her children were actively engaged in good causes and surrounding themselves with good influences. Holly was a positive and optimistic person. She lived a “can do” life and encouraged Stephanie and Matthew to do the same. She helped them understand the importance’s of prudent living and to pursue education. With the time off she had, she always dedicated that to her children, her mother Verlene and nephews and nieces to travel to Southern Utah, Mesquite, Nevada, the western United States and family reunions to Oregon.
Travel was important to Holly, as it allowed for time together, a break from reality and to establish lasting memories that are cherished more than ever today. While travel was important, Holly would often say, “you don’t need to do something BIG to have a vacation. You can have all the fun in the world just minutes away from home.” Road trips were the way the family traveled and her children, especially her son Matthew appreciates this today.
Matthew had a very close relationship with his Mom. There was no one in the world who believed in him more. Holly and her husband Bob sacrificed in order to support his desire to serve the Lord as a Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to further his education in college. As Matthew grew into an adult, their relationship matured and she often supported his young family by being an incredible grandmother to her grandson’s, Wyatt, Jonas and Cohen. Matthew loved talking with his mother. Nothing was out of bounds and no topic was
Every cloud has a silver lining! I see mine all the time.” off the table. She treated him with respect, listened to him, allowed him his own thoughts, but also wasn’t afraid to share her opinions as well. She was honest with him, encouraged him and most importantly, believed in him. Matthew will tell you proudly, “when you see me, I want you to see my Mom.” He honors her memory through the way he lives his life as a husband, father and an individual.
Stephanie, was also extremely close to her Mom. In her own words, she writes:
“My mom was such a beautiful person inside and out. When my brother and I were little, she would stay up all night sewing our Halloween costumes & they were always so cute. She always took us swimming, camping, to St. George and all kinds of things. She was always protective and such a great mom.
She is also a grandma. She adored my 2 girls and was always involved doing so many fun things with them. I know they will cherish her memories. We all will.
I love my mom dearly. She is gone way too soon. I will miss her always and remember her as my beautiful, sweet, loving mom.”
Holly served the Savior in his Holy House for several years as a true disciple. Serving in the Sealing Office every Friday evening. She did so with the utmost grace and discernment. All who worked with her loved her. She was never absent, and did her very best to serve those attending the temple, always keeping in mind the seriousness of her calling.
She served in the Forestview Relief Society for many years, and again, those that worked with her loved her. She was always diligent, and ever charitable and kind.
She will be missed by those she worked with, and the many that she served.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Swami, Carolyn along the wonderful and caring staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute as well as the compassionate team with Huntsman at Home.
*Funeral will be able to be viewed on Zoom for those unable to attend. If you would like to have the Zoom details sent to you, please RSVP with your name, phone number and email to: HGFuneralService0629@gmail.com.
- Survived By
- Robert Leslie Grant, Spouse
- Stephanie Martin, Daughter
- Whitney Martin, Granddaughter
- Hailey Bryant, Granddaughter
- Matt Buttle (Kim), Son
- Wyatt Buttle, Grandson
- Jonas Buttle, Grandson
- Cohen Buttle, Grandson
- Jeff Shipler, Sibling
- Lynne Shipler-George (Mike), Sibling
- Craig Shipler (Portia), Sibling
- Mike Shipler, Sibling
- Many Nieces and Nephews, Children
Life Story Info
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
- Kmart, Walmart
High SchoolHighland High
Jun 29, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Holly's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at Murray Kmart for a few years, also at TJ Maxx at Brickyard for a while. Such a sweet and friendly person. My sincere condolences to Bob, and their family.