Kathleen Grant

Date of Birth

August 23, 1937

Date of Death

August 7, 2023

City of Death

Santa Maria, CA

Kathleen Grant (Sullivan) was born August 23, 1937 in Santa Barbara, California, to Nelson K. and Kathleen Rita Boyd Grant. She was educated at the local parochial schools, graduating from Santa Barbara Catholic High School (now Bishop Garcia Diego High) in 1955. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and minoring in English. She graduated in 1960 and moved to Los Angeles where she worked for the University of California, in the Library Department. In 1968, she entered the graduate school of Librarianship, and graduated in 1969 with a Master’s in Library Services.

Kathleen worked at the University of California, Irvine and for the antiquarian book firm of Zeitlin and Ver Brugge in Hollywood. In 1974 she went to work for the County of Los Angeles, first in technical services and then in the field as a reference librarian at Huntington Park, and as an in-charge librarian at Cudahy, Bell and Pico Rivera, from which she retired in 2001.

In October of that year, she married Robert Gerard Sullivan of Milton, New York. In 2003, they relocated to Arroyo Grande, California.

Kathleen was an active member of St. Patrick’s parish and served as a Board member of the local branch of the Italian Catholic Federation (although she made sure that everyone knew she was Irish!) She volunteered as an usher for the Clark Center and as a volunteer worker at the local branch of the County library. She also served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of her homeowner’s association.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Nelson and Kathleen Grant; and her brothers Joseph, Gerald and Boyd. She is survived by her step-son, Sean Sullivan; her brother David Grant (Nadine), her neighborhood brother Scott Bolas, and many nieces, nephews, and grands.

A Rosary and memorial Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, Arroyo Grande on Friday August 18, 2023 at 10:30a and 11:00a respectively.


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