Betty Jean Grimes

betty grimes

September 30, 1932 ~ July 3, 2024

Born in: Tuskegee, AL
Resided in: Meriden, CT

Betty Jean Grimes, 91, of Meriden, loving wife of the late Ernest Grimes, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 3, 2024. She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on September 30, 1932, a daughter of the late Murray Baker and Elizabeth Walker.

Betty moved her young family from AL to CT in 1952. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the former Royal Crest Nursing Home. She retired after 30+ years from the Napier Co in 1995.

Betty was an active member of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church. She belonged to True Vine F.B.H. Church in Portland, CT for many years before moving her membership to Antioch F.B.H. Church in New Haven, CT, where she was a faithful member until her passing. Mother Grimes loved her church and was very active. She was a District Mother, an Ambassador for Christ. She served as a Deaconess. She was also a member of the Trustee Dept., finance committee, and a Pastor’s Aid. She could be counted on to cook and work in the kitchen during conventions. She was known for her homemade banana bread.

Betty was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved her family and would give her last when needed. She was well-loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Betty is survived by her children, Gladys Fountain and her husband Nathaniel, Ernest Grimes, Betty Louise Grimes, Dawn Lyons, David Grimes, John Wesley Grimes, Daniel Grimes and his wife Darcy, and Denise Reynolds and her husband Toney, her siblings, Murray Baker, Jr., Annie Jean Baker-Reed, Carol Jean Walker, and Lizz Walker, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her stepfather Cesar Walker, Sr., daughter Mary Ann Grimes, brother Cesar Walker, Jr., and 2 grandsons, Nathaniel Jr. and Marcus Fountain.

A funeral service celebrating Betty’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 11:00 A.M at Elohim Christian Center, 53 Coe Ave., Meriden, CT 06451. Friends may visit with her family from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. before the service. Interment will be held in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden.


Visitation: July 10, 2024 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Elohim Christian Center
53 Coe Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

Funeral Service: July 10, 2024 11:00 am

Elohim Christian Center
53 Coe Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

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  1. With heartfelt condolences, we are praying peace and comfort for the family. You are forever in our thoughts.

  2. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you during this most difficult time in your life…May it comfort you to know, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
    11 Corinthians 5:8

  3. May you all have peace and joy knowing the Mother Betty Jean Grimes was amazing woman of GOD. Whom my whole family loved and adored. Her labor here is done and her VICTORY is won. She is home with JESUS. PRAYING for the family, friends and church family of Mother Grimes
    🙏🏽💚🙏🏽 love y’all.

  4. My Prayers And Condolences To The Grimes Family. Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Canno Heal.

  5. Family: May God’s presence bring you comfort. Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints”. With Love True Vine Holiness Church, Pastor Nathaniel J. Fountain

  6. Dear Darcy and Danny,
    I wanted to reach out and share my sincere condolences. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Betty, I know she must have been someone special to have raised a great son like Danny.
    There is nothing to say to ease the loss of a mother. I do know they live on in our hearts forever. Glen and I are thinking of you and hoping you and your family find peace and strength in the days ahead.
    Love you both, Gina and Glen Maurizio

  7. I will always remember her love and devotion to God. There is no failure in God and she was right. Love you all

  8. Denise and family,
    Condolences to you and your family. May you find peace during this time.
    Continously praying

  9. I’m sorry that I can’t be with you all today! Our love and Prayers goes beyond what words can say! Give our love to the family! Mother will be missed but she will be Resting in Glory!

  10. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time!

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