BUCKSPORT – Charlene Ann Grant, 73, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by family on October 17, 2013 at her home in Bucksport.  She was born February 1, 1940, in Calais, the daughter of Stephen and Beulah (Lee) Getchell.  

Charlene grew up in Calais and graduated from Calais High School in 1958.  She went on to earn a Bachelors degree from the University of Maine.  On August 19, 1961 Charlene married Ralph Grant with whom she would spend the best 53 years of her life.  Her chosen career path in radiology led to an exceptional  39 year career at Eastern Maine Medical. During her tenure she formed the radiology technician program at Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute; she ultimately rose to lead the radiology department.  Her life’s mission was caring for others and brought her the greatest joy. Her green thumb with flowers was legendary and culinary expertise with whoopie pies were unmatched.  

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a brother Sheldon Getchell.  She is survived by her loving husband Ralph Grant of Bucksport; a son Stephen Grant and his wife Elizabeth also of Bucksport; four grandchildren, Nikki Bicknell, Melissa Thompson, Robert and Seth Rose.  She will also be greatly missed by three sisters, Hazel Carlow of Beltchertown, Mass, Sandra Lindsay of St. Stephen, New Brunswick Canada, Linda Archer and her husband, Raymond of Hampden, as well as several nieces and nephews.   A memorial service was held 10am Monday, October 21, 2013 at Brookings-Smith 133 Center St., Bangor, with Rev. Matt Shaw of Brooks Pentecostal Church officiating.  The family invited relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service.  Condolences to the family may be expressed at