Our wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lois Mildred "Mickey" Griffin passed away on March 6, 2016, after a brief hospitalization at the age of 95. Born to Verna and Martin Lane in Fellows in 1920, she spent her childhood in Fellows, then Redondo Beach where she attended college, worked for McDonnell Douglas during the war and returned to Taft working for Texaco. She married S.C. "Griff" Griffin in 1946 and had two children. Griff's work eventually brought the family to the Santa Barbara area where she created a warm and loving home for her husband and children. During the 1960's, Mickey became involved with the Women's Club of Goleta ascending to the position of President and participated in community projects, social activities and lots of charity work. After relocating to Bakersfield in the 1970's, Mickey continued involvement in charitable activities joining the Gamma Xi Chapter, Delta Theta Tau sorority, also serving as President. She became involved with Link's for Life, a breast cancer organization.
During their 56 years together, Mickey and Griff enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards. Griff was the captain of their boat, but Mickey was the "best Co-Captain". They spent many enjoyable years fishing and travelling in their motorhome. Mickey loved to fish and was considered a great "fisher-woman". After Griff passed in 2002, Mickey became more active in playing bridge and enjoyed travelling with her children. Over the years, she revisited the Santa Barbara area and Solvang, and visited the Caribbean, travelled by train to Reno, drove to San Diego, Sequoia National Park, and most recently spent time with her daughter and grandson's family in the Sacramento area. She thoroughly enjoyed being with her great-granddaughters. Her bridge group was established in 1971 and she considered the players over the intervening 44 years her "bridge family".
Mickey was a remarkable lady. She was blessed to have remained active, healthy and independent her entire life. She played her last bridge hand still remarkably alert, talented and "a whizz" of a player at 95. She is survived by her son, Ron (Diane) Griffin, her daughter, Pat Marshall, her grandson, Steven Marshall (Rebekah) and three great-granddaughters; her lifelong friend, Lorraine Ross, her bridge family, her companions and friends.
Graveside services are scheduled on Saturday, March 12th at 10:30 AM at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, CA. There will be a gathering to celebrate her life following the service at her home, 3706 Redlands Drive, Bakersfield, CA.
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