Posted: Oct 07, 2019
Ila Mae Hyden Grant was born on May 10, 1934 to Theodore and Nellie (Bosley) Hyden. She passed from this world, at her home of 60 years, on the evening of September 30, 2019. She was 85 years old.
Ila Mae's formative years were spent in the small community of Harvey Texas on the outskirts of Bryan/College Station. It was there that she also settled her own farm and homestead after marrying the late Jack Grant. She spent years working for A&M as the manager of the printing center and eventually started her own printing business, Quality Printing, close to her home in Harvey. Ila and Jack later divorced, but together they had three daughters which she leaves behind; Sylvia Coffey and husband Allen, Cynthia Kaatz and Sophia Butler. She is also survived by her brother David Hyden and wife Gail, three grandchildren; Carley Woodard, Grant Coffey and wife Lauren, Kelly Voight and husband Brad, with a total of six great-grandchildren; Randa, Cole, Kinley, Karson, Whitley and Huntley. She also parted in death with her dearest friend, Danny Ray Jarvis. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Vernell and Mary Louise(Sissy) and brother Gelndore.
Ila loved her family, home, farm and all animals great and small. She was unique and stunningly beautiful, with the biggest of hearts and an unmatched sense of humor. She was known for her charming ability to light up any room and could catch the attention of everyone around her. She will forever be remembered and cherished for so many reasons. A meticulous printer of words, the keeper of memories, hand-made photo albums on shiny card stock smelling of rubber cement, astonishingly accurate cattle breeding records and the best cream-and-sugar coffee maker. She enjoyed and appreciated the little things such as electric blankets on cold nights, genealogy research, very sweet iced tea, scaring people, a clean and freshly bleached house, handsome men, fishing in her tanks, hosting extravagant Christmas parties for her kids and grandkids, playing Mario brothers, mornings in her gazebo with the peacocks, sneaking people money (while whispering, "never let your left hand know what the right one is doing"), making an entrance and oatmeal with lots of sugar, just to name a few.
Ila Mae had an unmatched love and calling to the care of animals, which she passed down to all three of her daughters and grandkids. Over the years she kept and adored a countless number of pets including her beautiful peacocks, flocks of guineas and chickens, one of which she let inside every night to sleep on a nest in the fireplace, many little dogs and fat cats, all kinds of birds, two coyotes and a continuous herd of cattle, one in particular named Peggy who she would ride like a horse as a young girl.
There will be no public service for Ila, as family has decided on a small, private affair at her home she so dearly loved. Nanna, you will forever be the "sugar" to our lives.
"Carve your name on hearts, not on tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds and hearts of others and the stories they tell about you." - Shannon Alder
In lieu of flowers please send you donations to Hospice Brazos Valley.