Janet Granville

Jul 18, 2014

Janet Knotts Granville died peacefully at home, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Janet was born in Washburn, Wis., June 19, 1921, a daughter of Gilbert Lloyd Knotts and Alice Elizabeth McCoy Knotts, both from long time Delaware families. Her father, a safety engineer, worked for the DuPont Company in Wilmington and his work later took the family from Interlaaken in Washington State and finally to Falmouth, where Janet spent many of her formative years.

Janet’s mother later married Frank C. “Spike” Evans after the death of her first husband. Spike was the son of the Rev. Lewis Darenydd Evans, the longest serving minister of the First Congregational Church in Camden, thus cementing another family tie to Maine.

As a young girl Janet designed clothes simply for her own amusement an interest she carried forward to her studies at Skidmore where she majored in textile and clothing design. Leaving Skidmore she headed for New York City where she studied at Toby-Coburn School for Fashion Careers. She worked for a period of time as Service Manager in McCreery and Company, a department store. This led to a job at a leading fashion magazine as a women’s page editor, providing fashion firsts and hints. During the war years Janet left the fashion world and went to work in Brooklyn, N.Y., in war related industry. At the same time she also served as an air raid warden in Manhattan

While in New York she met Maurice “Butch” Granville whom she married in January 1945 in Falmouth. At the time Butch was working for the Petroleum Administration for War based in Washington D.C. and traveling extensively within the U.S. helping to develop additional aviation gas supplies for the war. They spent their honeymoon skiing in Canada, a sport she mastered while living in Maine.

She and Butch raised two children as his job took them from New York City to Camden, N.J., followed by a stint in Washington D.C. during the Korean War and then to Port Arthur Texas, to Darien and ultimately Greenwich, Conn. After her husband’s retirement as Chairman and CEO of Texaco Inc. they settled in Rockport and Key Largo, Fla. Janet was an avid fisherman, particularly adept at fly fishing for salmon in Canada. She was an ardent golfer and loved boating and fishing in Florida and working in the garden wherever she was living. She was active in the local Cub Scout troop while living in Darien and also served on the town’s beautification committee. In Port Arthur she was a Camp Fire Girl leader.

She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years Butch Granville; two children, daughter Carol Blyberg of Brunswick and son Frederick Granville of Shawnee, Kan., as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Alice Knotts Cooney and her husband Daniel Cooney of Darien, Conn.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, Maine.

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