PATRICIA ANN ALFORD GRANBERG
Austin, Travis Co., TX—Sunday, 6 May 2007
David William Granberg and Patricia Ann Granberg
were taken by the Lord on May 2, 2007, at the age of 82 and 75. They just
celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary October 30th.
Patricia was born January 16, 1932, in Jackson,
Mississippi. She was a devoted member of the Texas Cattlewomen, Hill Country
Cattlewomen and Trinity Lutheran Church. She was also a faithful volunteer at
Gem of the Hills Senior Center, Blanco Volunteer Fire Department, American
Cancer Society Relay for Life, Keep Blanco Beautiful and Blanco Community
David was born February 13, 1925, in San
Antonio, Texas. He moved to Blanco after World War II and began ranching. After
the market for mohair went below 15 cents, David decided to open Granberg
The fertilizer business was truly a family
affair where he, Patricia and their sons worked. David worked every day of his
life and expected everyone around him to do the same. His day started at 4:00
a.m. when he called life-long friends to check the markets and the weather.
David and Patricia had a great love for their
family and friends, and loved to entertain at the ranch they called home for
over 50 years. In their leisure time they traveled the world with various
friends. They are survived by their children Bob and Cyndy Hounsell, Paul and
Lisa Granberg, Connie Granberg and Henry Knox, Theresa and Ed Mallett, Severn
and Pam Granberg; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Granberg
Ranch, Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., where everyone can enjoy the land
that they loved. From the light in Blanco take FM 1623 West. Turn left on RR
1888. Turn left on CR 104 (Crabapple Road). Go 3.7 miles to Granberg Ranch gate
on the right. Signs will direct you.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers, a
donation to the New Hope Lutheran Church, PO Box 1377, Blanco, TX 78606; and
Hill Country Cattlewomen Scholarship Fund, Attn: Tina Loeffler, 2305 Deer
Trail, Lampasas, TX 76550 be made in their memory.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX—Sunday Saturday, 5 May 2007
After 57 years side by side in marriage and
business, it was fitting—but no less tragic— that death claimed Pat and David
Flooding swept the couple off the entrance road
to their Kendalia ranch late Wednesday and their bodies were discovered
Thursday afternoon downstream on the West Crabapple Creek.
“When I heard a couple drowned on Crabapple
Road, the first people I thought of was them, because they were together a
whole lot,” family friend and Kendall County Commissioner Darrel Lux said
Authorities said David Granberg, 82, apparently
helped Pat, 75, from her Chevrolet Tahoe when the creek pushed the SUV off the
crossing as she arrived home from church at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Connie Granberg wasn’t surprised her “fiercely
independent” dad didn’t summon authorities or impose on neighbors for help when
the normally dry creek overflowed on the ranch her father had owned since 1941.
“It was just a freak accident,” she said,
speculating that a wall of water hit her parents as they waded from the
A memorial service is set for sundown Sunday at “the
Howling Place,” a hill at their ranch at 634 W. Crabapple Road, where they
raised five children, plus goats and cattle.
Besides tending livestock, the couple kept busy
at Granberg Fertilizer Sales in Blanco, a firm they ran with sons Severn and
Paul, who is also a Blanco County commissioner.
“They worked together every day,” said Paul
Granberg, a Blanco County commissioner.
Pat Granberg was active in the Texas Cattlewomen
Association, where “her loss has hit very hard,” said Tina Loeffler, a fellow
member from Lampasas.
Lux, a lifelong friend, said Pat Granberg was “a
perfect lady” and said David was outgoing— to the point of rousing chums with
pre-dawn phone calls—particularly if it had rained.
“If he was late, he’d call about 6 a.m.,” Lux
said. “He was in the fertilizer business and so rain was good for his
customers, and so he always wanted rain.
“I always thought of him when it rained and now
I’ll think of him even more,” he said.
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Patricia
Ann Granberg (SS# issued in TX), last residence Blanco, Blanco Co., TX.
We published the obituary of her brother Julius
Anderson “Jake” Alford Jr., AAFA #0717, in AAFA ACTION, Spring 1999, In
For more information on this family, see AAFA’s
published genealogies, Known
Descendants of Julius Alford (1717–1771), Three Generations and Jacob Alford
about 1781 NC (5 Generations).
Her lineage: Patricia Ann 1932 MS1,
Julius Anderson 1903 MS2, Harvey Warren 1865 MS3, Jacob
A. 1835 AL4, Julius 1803 NC5, Jacob 1781 NC6,
John 1747 NC7, Julius 1717 VA8, James 1687 VA9,
John 1645 VA10.