2014-08-21 / Obituaries

Mary Ellen “Meg” Grundner

Mary Ellen

“Meg” Grundner, 61, died from cancer on Aug. 12, 2014, in Texas.

Meg was a funny, vivacious person who sought the truth in all things, both for herself and others. She was an advocate when needed, a sympathetic, understanding listener to those who really needed to be heard, and a wonderful friend to many, many people.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she and her family moved to Jamestown when she was 9. It was there that she solidified her life-long love of the ocean and all things quahogrelated. Since then, she raised three daughters in various locations throughout the United States and Germany, ultimately staying in Fort Worth, Texas, for the past 30 years. She enjoyed creating art, writing letters, and was an avid learner of all things, particularly in regards to the medical field.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leila Katherine Smith, a brother, Gary R. Grundner, and her parents.

She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Ellen Smith and Karen Robin Smith; grandchildren Alyssa

Ann Smith-Riley and Banning Allen Franklin Smith; brother Robert H. Grundner of Lincoln, R.I.; beloved nieces and nephews, Michael Grundner of Columbia, S.C., Mary Gladding of Farmington, N.H., Erich Grundner of Portland, Ore., James Grundner of Providence, R.I., Katsumi Hart of Wyoming, R.I., and Kazumi Burum of Charlestown, R.I. She also leaves behind her wonderful boyfriend of eight years, John Hyden, with whom she enjoyed long motorcycle rides and caring for their cats.

In lieu of flowers, Meg would like donations made to the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton, Iowa, a local humane society or animal shelter, or the National Endowment for the Arts.

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