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Esther B. Griffis


1930 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Esther B. Griffis Obituary

HILLSDALE - Esther B. Griffis of Pittsford, Michigan passed away on November 20, 2015 at Allegiance Health in Jackson. She was born on November 5, 1930 in Garden City, Michigan to Henry and Jesse (King) Lathers.

Esther is survived by three children, Michael Griffis, Debra (Steve Mulhauser) Griffis and Annette (Mark) Andersen; three grandchildren, Jorgen (Elena) Rasmusen, Monica Rasmusen and Ragnar (Lydia) Rasmusen; one great grandchild, Roland Rasmusen; one brother, John (Sharon) Lathers; two sisters, Martha Ray and Elizabeth McDonald; and one sister-in-law, Mary Lathers.

She was preceded in passing by her parents; her husband, Donald Griffis; two sisters, Ruth Williams and Mary Knaup and one brother, David Lathers.

Esther was very active on Auxiliary Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. She was a professional cake decorator and loved to garden and was an outdoor person at heart. She was also an artist who enjoyed painting with watercolors and liked to do tatting and crocheting. During the years her children were growing up, she was a brownie leader. Esther was a lifelong member of the Jerome United Methodist Church and will be missed by her friends there. She was loving and kind and was dedicated to her husband, her family and her friends. Together, Esther and Don welcomed all their nieces and nephews with open arms into their lives and gave wonderful childhood memories that are greatly appreciated by all. They gave their own children a loving home and also grand memories of numerous holiday camping trips and summer vacations all over Michigan and the United States. Esther fought valiantly to be home and to keep as much of her independence as possible during the year after her stroke in 2007. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends until we meet again on the other side.

A funeral service to honor the life of Esther B. Griffis will be held at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale on Saturday, November 28, 2015 beginning at 1 p.m. with Dr. Samuel E. Wickard officiating. Interment will follow at the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, Michigan. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the family. Please visit www.hamptonkurtzfuneralhomes.com to view and/or sign the guest book.

Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home – Hillsdale 517-437-0605
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Nov. 24, 2015
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