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Gertrude Dunkerley Griffith
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1906
Death: May 20, 2010

Gertrude, 17 days shy of her 104th birthday, ended her earthly journey and began eternal life on May 20, 2010. Mrs. Griffith was born in Gainesville, Texas on June 6, 1906. She was the daughter of Garner and Lillian Gilcreest Dunkerley. Mr. Dunkerley was the founder of Ennis Business Forms, Inc. Gertrude's maternal grandparents were Dr. and Mrs. Jacob E. Gilcreest of Gainesville, Texas. Dr. Gilcreest was one of the founders of what is now Baylor Hospital. Her paternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dunkerley of Ennis, Texas. A 1924 graduate of Ennis High School, Mrs. Griffith was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority at the University of Texas and a 1928 graduate of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. Gertrude had many interests. She was an avid bridge player, appreciated great books, enjoyed music (especially attending the symphony) and loved traveling the world. She enjoyed the subjects of finance and the stock market, and was considered a keen businesswoman. Gertrude was predeceased by her husband, Claude Llewellyn Griffith, in 1973. She was also predeceased by a brother (Garner Dunkerley, Jr.) and three sisters (Lillian Kirkpatrick, Marian McElroy and Jane Barrington). While living in Ennis, she was a member of Holy Redeemer and St. John Catholic churches, Ennis Garden Club, 20th Century Club and the Book Club. In 1974 when Gertrude moved to Dallas, she was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dallas Country Club, Helen Poe Book & Author Club and the Christ Child Society. Known to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Mema, she enjoyed most being with family and keeping up with what everyone was busy doing in their daily lives. Gertrude is survived by sons Joe Lynn Griffith of Dallas and Don Griffith (Becky) of Ennis, and daughter Gretchen Clement (Mark) of Ennis. Her nine grandchildren are Hilary Olson, Greg Griffith, David Griffith, Mark Griffith, Margaret Slawin, Cindy Austin, Katheryn Hill, Paul Griffith and Tim Griffith. She has seventeen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Biblical Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. (408 N. Dallas St., Ennis, Texas). Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. John Dick on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Ennis. Interment will follow at Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis. The family is so grateful to Gertrude's faithful caregivers Noble Kemp, Melinda Castillo, Deidra Winfrey and other staff at Presbyterian Village North. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, 9461 LBJ Fwy, Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75243; Vitas Hospice Care, 8585 Stemmons Fwy, Ste. 700, Dallas, TX 75244; or charity of your choice. 
Family links: 
  George Garner Dunkerley (1875 - 1959)
  Lillian Minette Gilcrest Dunkerley (1881 - 1982)
  Claude Llewellyn Griffith (1903 - 1973)*
  Gertrude Dunkerley Griffith (1906 - 2010)
  Lillian Dunkerley Kirkpatrick (1907 - 1987)*
  George Garner Dunkerley (1910 - 1995)**
*Calculated relationship
Myrtle Cemetery
Ellis County
Texas, USA
Created by: Gary Wills
Record added: May 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52995397
Gertrude <i>Dunkerley</i> Griffith
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