Jessie Van Allen Grady-Ostrander of Adrian, formerly of Caro, with a life of devotion and love to Jesus and her family and others, was called to her Heavenly Home where she worships her Lord and Savior face to face. She passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in Adrian, at the age of 98 years. Jessie was born May 10, 1919 to Charles and Pern Van Allen in Bay City. Her brothers and sister who have gone before her in Heaven are Jack, Lee, Bernice and Paul. She attended Darbee School and graduated from Caro High School in 1937. On April 13, 1942, Jessie married Max Grady in Elizabeth, Kentucky, before Max was deployed for World War II. Jessie was an active member of the Caro Church of the Nazarene for 82 years. She dedicated her spiritual efforts as a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary Society and Outreach to Prison Ministries. Jessie was known as a “Prayer Warrior”. She dedicated each morning in prayer, Bible Study and prayers for over 50 people daily. Jessie was an avid reader and shared her spiritual books with her family and friends. Her greatest desire in life was that all of her family and those she knew and loved would come to know Jesus as their personal Savior and meet her in Heaven. Jessie had a unique personality. There was no stranger in her midst. She was inquisitive, direct, gifted with a sharp mind, a sense of humor and generous in Spirit. After retiring from the State of Michigan for 19 years, she traveled worldwide. Jessie married her second husband Wilbur “Bud” Ostrander in 2002. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Charlotte Stephenson Manor for their excellent care of Jessie while in their facility.
Jessie’s legacy will live on in her surviving children, Colin and Carol (Chambers) Grady of Holland, Carmen and John Johnson of Adrian, Mark and Jennifer (Burggraf) Grady of Doyle, Tennessee, Jane Grady of Holland, and Brad and Karen (Rohlfs) Grady of Akron. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews including Wayne, Jerry and Charles Ostrander and Sulyn Van Allen McLeod. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Max Grady in 1977 and Bud Ostrander in 2003.
Visitation will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Adrian on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6-7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Caro Church of the Nazarene with Rev. David Faulks, Rev. Larry Betz and Rev. Paul McNett officiating. Burial will follow at the Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for hurricane relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.