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Dr. Rev. Elsie Grant

April 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

GRANT, Dr. Rev. Elsie Mae Toson, passed away on April 20, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Steubenville, Ohio, to the union of the late Toney Leroy and Minnie Dean Harvey Toson.

She was a graduate from Steubenville High School "Big Red." She completed many courses and graduated with a Doctorate of Divinity. She was an ordained minister and current pastor of The House of Faith.

Dr. Rev. Elsie Grant was a community leader and very active in many organizations, including: YWCA, International President of Women of Christ through the Association of International Gospel Assembly, She was a volunteer-mentor for Jefferson County Community Action Council CCATV Mentoring Project, Jefferson County National Day of Prayer Committee, Aglow International, Home Cell Group, she started the Red Hats Women of God and was the Queen Mother, she hosted an AM radio show called "What Does the Bible Say," she was an author, facilitator and a true worker for the Lord.

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She was preceded in death by her husband; Robert Grant, aunt; Helen Turner, brothers; Eddie James Toson and Toney Leroy Toson, Jr., and a nephew; Robert Michael Coker, Jr.

She will be lovingly remembered by, her sisters; her baby sister who was like a daughter, Minister Trudy Darlene Toson, Harriette V. (Robert) Coker, Armandy J. (Reginald VS) Ward, I, Muriel (Julius) Dow, her brother; Willie James Toson III, an uncle; Freddie 'Uncle Bannie' Toson, sisters in law; Winifred P., Carole and Linda Toson, close friends; Lena Chappel, Terri Jennings, Ruby McDile, Joyce 'Sissy' Owens, Cathy Scott, Barbara Wilson, Natalie Masters, Quintin Little, John Jr. (who was like her son), a very dear niece; Jackie Ward, The Kingdom Children-Zhane' McBride, Diamond Thompson, Princess Thompson, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, family, friends and her Dawn-Dawn, her cat. She is resting comfortably with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be Friday, April 27, 2012, from 2-4 and again from 6-9 p.m. at The House of Faith, 1913 Estelle Ave, Steubenville, Ohio. Funeral service will be on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the church. Pastor Reginald Ward, Eulogist and Pastor Chris Green and Minister Trudy D. Toson will officiate.

Burial at Union Cemetery in Steubenville, Ohio.

Arrangements are entrusted to Williams, Gregory & Martin Funeral Service.

Online condolences and video tribute can be viewed at

Contributions may be made to The House of Faith.

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