Obituary: Margaret (Palmquist) Grant

TURLOCK, CA (June 23, 2018) – A memorial service for Margaret (Palmquist) Grant, who co-led a national children’s ministry, will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, at Turlock Covenant Church. She died June 10, 2018.

Margaret, 91, was born June 15, 1926, in Chicago to Charles and Sigrid Palmquist. By age 14, she was well known for her dramatic readings and sermons across Chicago.

After graduating from high school two years early, she attended Venard College, which was a nondenominational Christian college in University Park, Iowa.

Margaret and Willard Grant were married in 1945. After attending Seattle Pacific University and North Park Theological Seminary, they formed Creative Evangelism Inc., a national evangelistic ministry geared to children. The couple also ministered in Canada and Asia.

They were known for illustrating Bible stories through music, storytelling, and art—and especially their handmade wood marionettes. They performed in front of groups numbering from a few hundred to 5,000 children at time.

After 40 years of child evangelism, the couple retired in 1983. They continued to minister with their puppet ministry locally.

Besides Willard, Margaret was preceded in death by a grandson. She is survived by one daughter, Maureen Toll (Douglas) of Clifton, Kansas; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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  1. I have known Margaret for years and have been her Chaplain at Turlock Covenant Village for 11 years. She will be so missed at our Village. Her memory will live on in the hearts and lives of those she and Willard ministered to over the years. I will also take part in her service on July 2. God bless her family.

  2. I have fond memories of The Grants coming to my church, Northwest Covenant. There presentation was memorable and I remember their Scottish attire and their teaching on The Armor of God. A beautiful mission that touched children with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Bless Margarets sweet memory.

  3. I have fond and powerful memories of the Grants teaching me as a child about the love of God. I am so thankful for their lives of ministry and the many children and families they witnessed to. Margaret (and Willard) were truly good and faithful servants. Their legacy of sharing the Kingdom here on earth lives on.

  4. Margaret (and Willard) had a profound impact on my spiritual formation. Peace to her memory. May others come behind her/their ministry to continue in the model of excellence and commitment to creative children’s ministry and the advancement of the gospel to the next generation.

  5. I am Marlene (Holmertz) McAllister and originally from Rockford, Ill. When Willard and Margaret had their Children’s meetings at First Evangelical Covenant Church they would stay at the home of my parents, Lennart & Marge Holmertz. So we had many more opportunities to get to know them better than most other people. They were a ‘cut above’ and an ever testimony to their Lord Jesus Christ. They had many different series in their Children’s Meetings. I especially remember the Sailor and Western Series when Willard and Margaret would dress up in the Sailor/Western Outfits. With each new Series, they always dressed the part and made quite an impression on the children who attended the meetings. They always had the most wonderful ‘Prizes’ that were a real thing to strive to attain(Real Cameras for one!). Their daughter Maureen is my age and she came to visit her parents when they were in Rockford. She also invited me to visit her in the dorm at Wheaton Academy, which I thought was the best thing to get to do.
    I know that the Legacy of the Grants Ministry will continue for many more years.
    I was receiving Christmas Cards from Margaret and would always be so interested to hear of all she was continuing to do for the Lord, even in her location.
    Our Sympathy goes to Maureen and her family. Our thought and Prayers are with you as you pass through this time of grief and Joy.
    Marlene McAllister

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