Cecile Hudson Grant
Cecile Hudson Grant
  • November 9, 1938 - June 17, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Cecile Hudson Grant, 78, of Raleigh passed away Saturday morning, June 17, 2017. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 20th at 2:00 PM with Mass of Christian Burial following at 3:00 PM at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 5801 Fall of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Cecile or Ceci/Cec/Ceil depending on what stage you entered her life, was the daughter of the late William Thomas Hudson Sr., Eileen Vincent Hudson and Cecile Vincent Hudson who raised her. She was a proud 1960 graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame and began her career as a medical social worker in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Alexander Thom Grant III, moved between Los Angeles and Raleigh a number of times between the late 60's and 70's before calling Raleigh home in 1976. Cecile's life was hallmarked by faith and committed to service. She found her home and vocation in the faith communities of St. Raphael's and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, bringing Jesus' love and mercy to others. She served on virtually every ministry and committee, the first to offer herself to those in need. After taking time off to raise her four daughters, she went back to work for "a few months" to assist her longtime friend, Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, when he became rector of the Cathedral. A few months became 27 years, rich in friendships, experiences and memories. She worked at the Cathedral until this last December, never officially retiring.

Her "Irish Eyes" shone with love upon her children: Kate Grant Wells (Mike), Meg Grant, Molly Grant, Muffy Grant-Linnane (John). Her grandchildren: Curtis, Grant and Margaret Wells; Cashel, Celia, Kittredge and Collins Linnane. Her brothers (and their wives): Tom, Rob, Art, Mike and Jim Hudson. Scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex.

If you're blessed enough to still have your mom, give her a call.or better yet, a hug.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Raphael's ECC Ignatius Fund in honor of Sr. Francis Clare Ughast CSC, founder.