Daphne A. Buchanan Grimes

April 12, 1929 – March 11, 2018

A funeral service for The Reverend Daphne A. Buchanan Grimes will be held today (Thursday, March 22) at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Cody. The Reverend Grimes passed away March 11 at her home in Cody.

She was born in Tulsa, Okla., on April 12, 1929, the daughter of George Sidney Buchanan and Dorothy Dodds. She was raised in Houston, attended Wellesley, University of Texas and University of Houston where she earned her BFA in drama.

She obtained her master’s degree in English from Teacher College at Columbia University in New York and a master’s degree in religion from Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.

In 1961 Daphne worked as head of the American Cooperative School in Tunis, Tunisia, where she met Thomas Edward Grimes, Jr. They were married in Carthage, Tunisia, in 1964, moved to Libya for four years, then to England where they lived for nine years and where Daphne became involved with the Anglican Church.

In 1978, the couple settled in Cody, having bought into the family’s ranch.

After accepting the call into priesthood, and later, after her husband’s death in 1986, she founded a retreat center on the 300 acres of land she and her husband had preserved; it officially became Thomas the Apostle Center.

The Rev. Grimes served as a supply priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin and provided pastoral care for the Basin/Greybull Episcopal community for over 10 years.

Daphne was active with a worldwide Anglican group, the Compass Rose Society, and was a former board member at St. George’s College in Jerusalem.

Daphne loved to swim, enjoyed scuba, travelled widely through Europe, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. She was a professional artist and an accomplished poet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother, Dodds Ireton Buchanan.

She is survived by her brother Sidney Buchanan; 18 nieces and nephews; extensive business and church families and friends from around the world.



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