Griffith, Gayla Ann
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Gayla Ann Johnstun Griffith peacefully passed away February 14, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born October 28, 1945 to Sam & Uteva (Payne) Johnstun in Tremonton, UT. As oldest, Gayla practiced her mothering skills on her siblings: Sam (Terry) Johnstun, Don (Janet) Johnstun, Carol (Doug) Wilson, & Ron (Nadine) Johnstun. Gayla married her man-in-uniform, Gregory Griffith, on May 12, 1967. Thru marriage, she gained three sisters: Carolyn Rohr, Charlotte (Peter) Vouaux & Kitty Griffith. Gayla worked in the Mesa School District, and served faithfully within the LDS church. Gayla's home was the center of the known universe, and all who entered were welcome, fed, and cherished. Her proudest accomplishment was her family. Gayla is survived by her husband, Greg; her children: Jerry (Linda) Griffith, Randy (Carolina) Griffith, Terry (Sara) Griffith, David (Thanh) Griffith, and Melody Griffith; grandchildren: Ryan Burton, Alyssa Ortolano, Megan Williams, Christopher Griffith, Rachel Williams, Joseph Divit, Rebecca Divit, Emily Griffith, Aiden Griffith, Logan Griffith; great-grandson, Huxley de Masi & great-granddaughter, Nova (due July.) It seems fitting that a woman with such a big heart and capacity for unconditional love would leave this world for a better one on Valentine's Day. While her family sent her, encircled by love, she was welcomed to the other side by an even bigger circle of love. We love you, Mom! Memorial Services will be held Saturday, 02/23/13, 10:00 AM at the LDS church, 2647 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa AZ 85209 (Signal Butte & Guadalupe). Internment at the City of Mesa Cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 20, 2013