Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Katie Laverne Grannis (1919-2008)

LeRoy's wife Katie recently passed on. Here's her obituary, along with a link to the online guestbook where you can leave messages to LeRoy and the family:

Katie Laverne Grannis - GRANNIS, KATIE LAVERNE Katie LaVerne Grannis passed away December 3, 2008, in Carlsbad, California, with her husband of sixty-nine years, Leroy (Granny) Grannis, and her family by her side. Katie was born on September 23, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Iva Perkins and Edward A. Tracy. She had a sister Bette Tracy Finlayson, as well as a half-brother Ted Sizemore and a half-sister Ruth Sizemore Goodcell. The family moved to Southern California in 1923, and Katie grew up in Huntington Park, graduating from Huntington Park High School in 1938. In 1939, she married Leroy Frank Grannis. They had four children, Katie (Kit) Padilla, Frank Grannis, Nancy Grannis-Wiig, and John Grannis. They lived in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach, until retiring to Carlsbad in 1978. From the early 1960's to the early 2000's, Katie and Granny travelled extensively nationally and internationally to photograph surfing and hang-gliding events, as well as to visit friends and family. Katie loved animals and children, and was very loyal to all of her old-time friends. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend, loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She is survived by her husband, four children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, as well as her sister Bette and numerous relatives and friends. A private Burial was held on December 9th, in Redondo Beach. A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, December 28th, from 1 - 3 p.m., at the Harding Community Center auditorium, 3096 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA. > News > Obituaries


  1. Notable among those missing was my mother, Katie's eldest daughter of the same first name, who was court-ordered to stay outside a certain distance of my grandfather due to trumped up charges of elder abuse against both of the couple. Although not there to witness anything, my grandfather was (and remains) not mentally capable of deciding the truth for himself even when it comes to the words of virtual strangers against family and so was tricked into believing the nonsense and filing formal charges. For that reason, my mother missed her own mother's funeral.

  2. Michael WatsonFebruary 10, 2011

    As a child growing up in Hermosa Beach, California, Katie and Leroy were friends to all the "gremlin surfers". Their home on Monterey seemed to be open to all to come browse through the photographs. In my life these are childhood heroes and their children, my friends, Frank and Nancy will be in my memories forever. God Bless you all.


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