Helen Jeanette Grinnell Obituary – The Detroit Free Press

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Helen Jeanette Grinnell, 96, passed away at her Broomfield home on December 25th, 2022. Born October 18th, 1926 in New York, NY to parents Lola Marion Grinnell and Lloyd Garrison Grinnell, Helen graduated from University Ligget School (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI). Upon graduation, the school asked Helen to work with the athletic program. Her athleticism served her well throughout life, especially in golf. A competitive player for thirty years, Helen won the Women’s Club Championship at the Detroit Golf Club an astounding twelve times. She also succeeded for seventy years as a businesswoman and philanthropist. In her free time, Helen pursued her passion for nature photography. Helen was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Avery Grinnell (Ft, Lauderdale, FL), in 1988. Helen’s friends will hold a private ceremony to celebrate her life, and she will be entombed in her family’s mausoleum at Roseland Park Cemetery (Berkley, MI). A smart, private and generous woman, Helen will be remembered kindly and missed dearly. In honoring her altruistic spirit, please consider a memorial donation to your favorite charity.

Posted online on January 29, 2023

Published in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press