Catherine Grandstaff Wyman
MTHS Class of 1928
Catherine Grandstaff Wyman
Catherine Grandstaff Wyman, 98, died Feb. 23, 2010, in Grenada, Mississippi.

She was born on May 2, 1911, in Mounds, Ill., to Charles Lester Grandstaff and Goldie Arganbright Grandstaff. She graduated from Mounds Township High School as class valedictorian and attended Knox College. She later studied at New York State University (Oneonta), Mississippi State University, and Mississippi University for Women.

After her marriage to Thomas F. Wyman on Jan. 1, 1931, she lived in Oneonta, N.Y.; Lewiston, Maine; White River Junction, Vt.; and Mobile, Ala. She was a member of the Junior League of Mobile and an associate of the Florence Crittenden Home of that city.

For 50 years she lived in West Point, Miss., and was active in cultural, civic, and religious life. She was a past president of the West Point Junior Auxiliary, the Women’s Missionary Union of the First Baptist Church, and the Music Coterie. She was also a member of the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Self-taught, she developed a gift for interior decoration and consulted on decorating for Wyman Hotels, Inc., including the Battle House in Mobile. She also planned and oversaw the restoration and redecoration of Elmview, a large 1853 home in West Point.

Among her employers from 1966 to 1994 were Goldsmith’s of Memphis, Caldwell Furniture of Columbus, Miss., University for Women, and Ivy Memorial Hospital, Anthony’s Jewelry, Helen Buck Jewelers, and the Treasure Nook, all of West Point. When she was 82 she retired from retail sales and moved to Grenada, where she was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and the Daughters of the King.

Catherine Wyman is survived by two daughters, Linda Wyman of Jefferson City, Mo., and Eloise Portera and her husband Paul of Grenada. She also leaves four grandchildren: Stark Hayden of Atlanta; Paige Logan of Bowling Green, Ky.; Molly Portera of Starkville; and Lee Karen Portera of Cleveland, Miss.; and by three great-grandchildren: Vaiden Logan, Caleb Logan, and John Stark Logan of Bowling Green.

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Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. On Saturday in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, with a service to follow at 11 a.m.. Burial will be in the Grandstaff family plot in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens, Villa Ridge, Ill.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Saint Nicholas Treasure Chest.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.