Janet Louise Griffith 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2013, surrounded by family members and clergy at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, after unanticipated surgery complications. Janet was born on April 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA as the daughter of Frank and Helen Chapin. She attended UCLA for two years. She then graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Education in 1949. She received a Masters in Education from Stanford in 1950 and then taught high school and middle school. After her marriage on June 30, 1951 to Rabun W. Griffith (spouse of 61 years), Janet accompanied Ray to various U.S. Army assignments throughout the world until his retirement in Tucson in 1965. Janet was an active member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Kappa Delta sorority where she served as past president of the Tucson chapter, and also involved in the Tucson chapter of the Stanford University alumni association. She served as president of her home owners association when she lived at Rincon Ranch area. Later, she served as chair of the social committee for the El Dorado Townhomes, as well as a director on the board. She led an active life with tennis, ballroom dancing, walking, hiking and yoga. She enjoyed the beautiful White Mountains where she spent the summers with her family at their Pinetop home. In Greer, she volunteered as a docent at the Butterfly Museum. Most of all, her family and friends will remember her genuine love, generosity and willingness to serve others. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Survived by husband, Rabun; daughters, Gaye (Otto) and son-in-law, Bill Otto (Springfield, MO) and Leslie Griffith (Sunnyvale, CA); son, Ken Griffith (Phoenix, AZ); granddaughter, Virginia Mack and husband, Adam (Ft. Collins, CO); grandsons, Kevin Otto (Springfield, MO) and Matt Griffith and wife, Kelsey (Flagstaff, AZ); great-grandson, Thomas Mack and brother, Alan Chapin and wife, Janet (Milwaukee, WI). Memorial Service will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Rd. in Tucson on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Alban's Organ Concert Fund. Arrangements by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 3, 2013