Michele Antoinette (Pray) Griffiths
Michele Antoinette Pray Griffiths left this world peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, July 28, 2014, after a long and hard-fought illness. Michele was born in Washington D.C. on August 31, 1954 to Lemuel Pray and Roxie Woodland-Pray. She was the fifth of eight children.
In 1972 Michele began her career as a police officer in Washington, DC, where she served admirably for 11 years. Two years later she met her loving husband, Norman Dwight Griffiths. Together, she and Norman shared a 37-year marriage that produced four children.
In 1983, Michele and Norman set down roots in Wilmington, DE, where they have lived for 31 years. While in Delaware, Michele earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware.
Michele's passions were her family and her dedication to community building and government. Despite her chronic illness, she worked intensely throughout various neighborhoods in Wilmington. She founded summer youth programs and helped hundreds of Wilmington citizens improve their homes. She worked with the City to renovate a building at Concord and Jefferson Avenues. In the late 80's, she served as president of the Southeast Ninth Ward Neighborhood Association and later as president of the Second District Neighborhood Planning Council. For many years, Michele served as a mentor to young girls, from ages 7 to 13.
More than anything, Michele loved her family and friends. She loved to travel. She enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays. Her greatest joy was spending time with Norman and her four children. She was a fantastic chef and often catered events. Her bread pudding and gumbo were famous and won awards!
Michele is survived by her husband Norman; her four children, Rachel and her husband Kevin Robinson, Chris, Adam and his husband Jeff Leasure, and Melissa. She is also survived by her father, Lemuel Pray; her sister, Carolyn Lockard and brother-in-law, Ronald Lockard; her brother, Mark Pray Sr. and a host of nieces and nephews she loved dearly.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2, at The Cathedral of St. Peter, 6th & West St., Wilmington, DE. Visitation will be held in the church from 8-10:00 a.m. Interment in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Children's Organ Transplant Association: www.cota.org.
EVAN W. SMITH
Evan W. Smith Funeral Services
201 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Published in The News Journal from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2014