Barbara B, Grimes

  • Died: July 24, 2021
  • Location: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401

Tel. (610) 277-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara B. Grimes, (nee Bean) of Plymouth Meeting, died Saturday, July 24 surrounded by her loving family, after an immensely courageous battle with prolonged illness. She was 83.
Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Grimes spent much of her childhood summers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Free Library, where she developed a life-long love of literature and the arts. She graduated from West Catholic High School, and later earned her R. N. at Gwynedd Mercy College. While raising her family she went on to earn her B.S. in English from Gwynedd Mercy College, a M.A. in Health Education from Arcadia University, Certification from the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, and a M.B.A. from Eastern University. She was known for her wide-ranging intellect and her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of many fields, from the medical sciences, history, literature and the arts.
Mrs. Grimes enjoyed a long and varied career as a college professor, medical industry professional, nurse, legal nurse consultant, and psychoanalyst. She remained passionate about the importance of education and had a great love for the city of Philadelphia. She was devoted to her family and to her Catholic faith, and was a long- standing member of Epiphany of our Lord Parish in Blue Bell, PA. In her retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband and was overjoyed to attend her grandchildren's academic, sporting, and artistic events.
Mrs. Grimes will be remembered for her intellect, soft spoken eloquence, beauty, and tremendous valor. She will be forever loved and missed by her children Thomas (Christina) Grimes, Christine Grimes, Gregory (Jan) Grimes, and Jennifer (Larry) Greenley, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and brother Ronald (RuthAnn) Bean. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Thomas J. Grimes, mother Edith I. Bean, and brother Bruce J. Bean.
Relatives and friends are invited to share in Barbara's Life Celebration on Saturday, August 14 from 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM at Epiphany of our Lord Church, 3050 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM at the Church. Entombment will be in St. Patrick's Mausoleum following the Mass. Family Services are by Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 610-277-7000.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's name can be made to a charity of one's own choosing. To share your fondest memories of Barbara, visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Tom, sorry to hear the news of your mother's passing. She seems like a wonderful person. I still remember you well from P-W days, and I hope you and Christina are well. Would like to get back in touch with you!

Posted by Max Fogel - Lansdale, PA - Classmate   August 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy for your loss. As a long-time neighbor, I always knew Barbara as the friendly, kind lady next door. She raised three fabulous children and a great family. She and her late husband will be missed.

Posted by Jeffrey T Cooper    August 16, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Grimes Family on the loss of both Barbara and Tom. My family lived next door for many years and had blessed times together. So sad to hear this news and know that our thoughts of wonderful times are being remembered. Wishing health and happiness to the family. Huge Hugs from The Marcus Family

Posted by Stuart Marcus and Family    August 16, 2021

Deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Barb was a wonderful friend, we went to Gwynedd Mercy College together earning our RN degree. One of the sweetest people you'd ever want to meet. RIP

Posted by Tracy Moleski McKeon - Friend   August 08, 2021

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