Florence Edna <I>Gray</I> Griffin

Florence Edna Gray Griffin

Birth
Holt County, Missouri, USA
Death 6 Sep 2006 (aged 104)
San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Victorville, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Plot Joshua Lawn section 58 sp 2
Memorial ID 15705209 · View Source
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Florence Griffin went home to be with her Lord surrounded by the love and comfort of her family. She was 104 years of age. Grandma Griffin, as she was known to everyone, was a truly remarkable woman. She was born to Franklin Edgar and Maude Amy Gray in Craig, Mo. The oldest daughter of ten children, Florence attended school in a one room schoolhouse, where she excelled in her studies. She completed the eighth grade, but was needed at home to help out on her parents farm. Her parents compensated her by giving her piano lessons, which launched a lifelong love for music. Florence married Paul Revere Griffin on Dec. 15, 1920 and they were married for 71 years. They had nine children. They never had much money, but love flowed in abundant supply. Grandma was quite resourceful and could create a meal from little more than flour and beans. She was an avid gardener and grew the most beautiful flowers in addition to the vegetables she raised to feed her family. Grandma was also an expert seamstress. She would collect used clothing, take the garments apart and design beautiful attire for her six daughters and three sons. Her children have often commented that they were unaware they were poor because their mother provided such a loving and comforting environment. Grandma and Grandpa Griffin moved to Victorville in 1942 when P.R. secured a job at Southwest Portland Cement Company. Finding a church was first on Grandmas agenda and she joined the United Methodist Church, where she served in the choir and the Francis A. Circle. She maintained her membership to the day of her death and was the churches oldest and longest standing member. In the 1950's she was voted Mother-of-the-Year, which was a supreme honor to her. She adored her grandchildren and lived to celebrate the birth of a great-great-great-grandchild. Amazingly, she attended her oldest childs 80th birthday party much to the delight of friends and family. When she turned 100, her family and friends gave her a huge party to celebrate her wonderful life. She was a gracious, adventurous, creative soul who taught us all what it means to love sacrificially and unconditionally, and we will dearly miss her. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Quimby Laprise, Dorothy Seals and Shirley Kay Griffin; sons, Willis , Gary and Carl. Twenty six grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Ralph Gray and sister Hope Heifers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and daughters Wilma Galey, Ann Flossie McMahon and Lila Gossard.


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  • Created by: Diane Gilliam
  • Added: 11 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15705209
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Edna Gray Griffin (5 Jul 1902–6 Sep 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15705209, citing Desert View Memorial Park, Victorville, San Bernardino County, California, USA ; Maintained by Diane Gilliam (contributor 46855428) .