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Jane Aleece Armstrong Grisham

Birth Date: April 17, 1947
Death Date: January 9, 2018

“Remembering Jane”


The Gospel writer John quotes Christ who said: “Everyone who has life and has committed themselves to me in faith, shall not die for ever.”


Today we celebrate Jane Aleece Armstrong Grisham who lived such a life. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Jane was a true reflection of God’s Grace. Jane was born on April 17, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Charles and Janice Armstrong. She departed this life on January 9, 2018 at Summit Hospital in Oakland, California.


Jane accepted Christ at an early age at Park Manor Church and graduated near the top of her class at Parker High School both on the South Side of Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts Degree in Sociology at DePaul University where she also met her husband, Arnold Terry Grisham.


Jane was a scholar, teacher, mentor and philanthropist. She taught third grade for over 35 years; first at DuBois Grammar School in Chicago and later at Manzanita Grammar School in Oakland. She taught long enough to teach the children of some of her earlier students. Many of her closest friends are the colleagues where she worked in public schools together educating young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Jane and Arnold began married life on January 18, 1969. They have two children, daughter Kristine, son Jonathan and three grandchildren Bailey, David and Nola. In 1986 they left the Midwest to take advantage of opportunities in the Bay Area.


Jane and Arnold lived in Oakland for 32 years. In addition to teaching, Jane was an active volunteer and leader in various community philanthropies as well as her church, the Imani Community Church, where she was a trustee for three years.


Jane served for 15 years on the board of trustees of Northern Lights School, a small independent school in Oakland. She was a committed member of Twelve Days of Christmas, a not for profit organization that provides Christmas meals and gifts for children from needy families, and she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where she actively participated in its charitable endeavors.


Among the activities that she was most proud of is the Last Mile Foundation that she and her husband founded more than ten years ago. It is the fund raising arm of Alive & Free-Omega Boys Club and provides first generation college students with funds to begin their college education. It continues to be very successful granting hundreds of scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Jane’s memory will be cherished by her family, her brother and sister, Franklin and Frances and a host of other relatives and friends. Christ said: “All that the Father gives me, will come to me and those that come to me I will embrace.” Jane’s legacy is one of taking God’s gifts to her and making them available to others. She will be fondly remembered for her big smile, her soft spoken and understanding ways, a quiet yet sharp wit, and her accessible presence that was always available to anyone in need.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. Our Deepest Sympathies and Condolences

    Written by: From Doug, Rick and all of us at AE3 Partners

    Dear Arnold: I know that words can do little to allay the grief you must be feeling, but please know that you have our deepest condolences and sympathies during this time. Jane was a wonderful person and it was clear that you both shared a deep love formed over decades. I’ll always remember Jane from our time in China a decade ago, and I was touched when she was there with you at my 4oth birthday celebration. She’ll always live on from above, through you, your family and all of kind memories of her we all share. We wish you and your family the best during this difficult time…

  2. sympathy

    Written by: Joe Fleming

    To the Grisham Family
    We attended the beautiful service and repast. please accept our apology for not including our name to the guest book entry on Jan. 18th.

    Shirley & Joe Fleming

  3. To those of us who love Jane dearly, we are blessed with God’s promise of hope and comfort.
    And we will always cherish the memories of her thoughtfulness, kindness and sweetness.
    A special life, well lived,
    Joy Stevenson

  4. Our Smypathy

    Written by: Joe & Shirley Fleming

    Our deepest sympathies to Arnold and the Grisham Family. Significant loss to us all. Jane was a beautiful person. One of the most dedicated individual I ever met. She always made you feel like you were special. A warm greeting, a friendly smile. She will be missed but will live in us always.

  5. My Dear Faithful Friend Jane departed this world to be with God. I will truly miss her, but I have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. Some of them are working together at Manzanita School where we first met, having Lunch or Happy Hour at Horatio’s for the past thirty years along with other friends ( the last one was October 10, 2017), the two of us celebrating our birthdays by going out for lunch, exchanging Christmas gifts, etc. Her friendship meant the world to me. I pray that God will sustain the family during this difficult time.

  6. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your family member and friend. Words cannot express the pain and loss you may feel. The God of all comfort understands your pain and is near to those brokenhearted and crushed. He will be of comfort to you at this difficult time.- Psalms 34:18 ;2 Corinthians 1:3,4 May your hearts find peace and comfort from all those around you.

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