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Grimes’ grandmother, who appeared in TV campaign ads, dies

April 24, 2015 | | Comments 0

HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU

Elsie Crawford Case of Maysville, who appeared in TV campaign commercials for her granddaughter, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, died Thursday. She was 84.

“Granny was my biggest fan and fiercest advocate, and knowing she was in my corner always gave me the strength and confidence to dream big and work to make it a reality,” Grimes said in a release.

Case earned a fan base of her own during Grimes’ 2011 campaign for the office of secretary of state, filming commercials and encouraging citizens to vote in the election alongside Thelma Lundergan McHugh, Grimes’ late paternal grandmother.

In 2014, Case expanded her presence, using Facebook and Twitter accounts and her “Grannies for Grimes” initiative to champion issues that particularly affect seniors. Case quickly became known as “Kentucky’s Grandma,” inspiring many and gaining recognition nationwide.

Case and her late husband of 61 years, Omar Case, Jr., were also prominent fixtures in their hometown of Maysville. The Cases owned and operated Case’s Men’s Wear, a men’s clothing store, for more than 30 years and helped revitalize the downtown area.

“As people across Kentucky can attest, Granny’s spirit was infectious. She was not just passionate about what she believed in; she shared that passion along with sharp humor and wit, and a hug for anyone who needed one,” said Grimes.

Case is survived by two children, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.

Visitation will be at the First Christian Church in Maysville from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The funeral will be held Monday, at 1 p.m.

–Jack Brammer

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