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Born in Thornfield, the daughter of Helen (Haskins) Harley Wilda “Jean” Griffith departed this life to be with our Lord on Oct. 25, 2005, at the age of 69. Jean was born Nov. 28, 1935, in Thornfield, the daughter of Helen (Haskins) Harley.
On May 7, 1955, Jean and Samuel “Max” Griffith were united in marriage at Lutie, Mo. To this union one daughter, Patricia Kay, was born.
Jean was a long-time secretary for Thornfield School until she retired to dairy farm with her husband Max. She was a loving wife, mother and Granny to her family. Her endearing love for her grandchildren and their love for her, gave them memories that they will always cherish. Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, reading and making mud pies with her grandkids.
Jean was also active in her church and community and enjoyed the company of her many friends and neighbors. She was especially proud of her membership at Mt. Lebanon General Baptist Church in Foil, Mo., where she served as secretary.
Jean was also on the Thornfield Cemetery Board, and a member of the Eastern Star, Theodosia Chapter.
Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband, Max, in February 1997.
She is survived by her daughter, Trish, and husband, Kevin Moran of Wasola, and was “Granny” to four very loving grandchildren, Sean, Shanan, Katherine and Connor, all of the home. She is also survived by her mother, Helen Harley, and two sisters, Ann Harley and Sue Hensley, all of Hartville. Additionally, Jean was a part of a very special extended Turner family that included Gay Strong, Judy Turner, Joe Turner, June Hicks, Leon Turner, and their families.
Jean will be sadly missed by her family and friends but instilled her faith that God’s love would endure them through this time of grief.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Thornfield Chapel with the Rev. Tom Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Thornfield Cemetery, under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home of Ava.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Lebanon General Baptist Church or the Thornfield Cemetery.