On Friday March 4, 2022, surrounded by loved ones, Teresa “Tessa” Lynn Grant, 61, of Amarillo, TX departed this earth peacefully to her heavenly home. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Teresa Lynn Grant, Tessa to those who knew and loved her and to know her, was to love her, and best known as GiGi to her favorite people in the world was born on October 11, 1960. Tessa was the 6th child of John and Delphine Schwartz. She was a spit fire from the start, and she had to be to keep up with her siblings. She had lots of people fighting her battles growing up but she was always tougher than she seemed.
She received her bachelors degree in Education from West Texas State in 1987. Tessa worked various teaching and social work jobs but always found work in helping and serving others.
Tessa was a warrior in life and fought some tough battles. She’s been a friend of Bill W. since June 15, 1995 and has always done her best to use her battle stories as an inspiration for other people. She has battled through kidney disease and a transplant in 2017 and spent the last 7 months battling cancer and through it all, she always had love and guidance and empathy for others. There wasn’t a thing she would not do to help someone in need if she was able, and she always lived life with joy.
Tessa’s grandchildren were the light of her life. When she found out she was becoming a grandma she decided she wanted her grandchildren to call her GiGi to stand for Greatest Grandma. And she definitely was the greatest grandma. Her heart was happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren. She loved going to all of their games and recitals and was proud of each of them for their different talents.
Tessa is preceded in death by her parents Jack and Debbie Schwartz, her mother-in-love, Louise Barrett, her brother, John Schwartz, and her sister, Karen Schwartz. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Chess Grant, her daughter, Beccah Schwartz and son and daughter-in-love BJ and Lori Schwartz, 6 grandchildren (Chloe, Miles, Liberty and Justice, Brody and Berkley). She is also survived by two of her sisters and their husbands (Peggy and Jerry Eitzen, and Anne and David Frye), her brother Kurt “Butch” Schwartz, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, along with many friends and coworkers. Some would need a small computer to keep track of all her love.
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