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Gibson, Barbara Shiray  
Barbara Shiray Gibson March 29, 1921 - June 1, 2016 Barbara died peacefully on June 1, 2016. She was born in Ithaca, NY, graduated from Ithaca HS, and worked in various positions at Cornell University until her marriage to William Gibson on 5/20/1950. She had lived in Endicott, NY – 1950-1958, Sierra Madre, CA 1958 – 1968, and Danville, CA from 1968 until her death. Barbara's parents were Mary and Jacob Shiray. Her survivors include husband Bill, daughter Diane, son Todd, son-in-law Stephen, Grandsons Willie, Mike and Jeff as well as 4 great grandchildren. All of these reside in the San Francisco CA area. Barbara's only sister, Marie Dale of La Habra, Ca also survives her. She is predeceased by her granddaughter, Kathleen. Barbara was the ultimate volunteer and did a great deal of good work for many people. Her volunteer activities included two movie openings at Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood to benefit the Children's Orthopedic Hospital and she was one of the founders of Friends of Discovery in Danville, an organization that has been successful since 1970 to the present day. Barbara never had an unkind word for anyone. Donations to charity of your choice or to one of Barbara's favorites: Clearity Foundation https://www.razoo.com/story/In-Celebration-Of-Barbara-Shiray-Gibson 4365 Executive Drive, Suite 1500 San Diego, Ca 92121 Guide Dogs for the Blind http://www.guidedogs.com/site/PageServer?pagename=help_donate 350 Los Ranchitos Rd San Rafael, Ca 94903
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on June 26, 2016
Greger, Florence Georgina (Snooky)  
Florence Georgina (Snooky) Greger March 23, 1920 – June 15, 2016 She was born March March 23, 1920 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada to Percy Thompson and Zelda Alwilda Froats, Robarts. She married Henry Greger, they were married over 50 years. Since Snooky moved around a lot as a child she wanted to stay in the same house, and she did, for over 75 years, until her death in that home June 15th. She loved Sierra Madre and in these last years, many saw her riding "Rosie" her scooter around town. She was a member of Bethany church and was nursery school teacher there for many years. She was also a preschool teacher at Anoakia school in Arcadia for nearly 30 years. She helped at Mama Petes day care and that friendship led to Snooky being one of the Golden Girls. She was preceded in death by her husband and two angel children, her parents, one sister, son-in-law Richard Simcox, and many good friends and relatives. She is survived by son Gordon (Ruth), daughters, Marilyn (Steve), Gwen (David), Sally and former son-in-law, Jim, who visited often. She is survived by nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Her best friend ever, Linda, visited her every day. The Guardian Angels and Roze Room Hospice, were wonderful caregivers and very special to her in the end, especially Mat, Len and Sweet. She had such loving neighbors who cared and loved her like she was family to them. Donations may be made in her name to the Sierra Madre Woman's Club, 550 Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on June 26, 2016

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Griffin Jr., West  
IN REMEMBRANCE OF A GOOD FATHER, HUSBAND AND PASTOR Pastor West Griffin, Jr. of Altadena, California recently passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. He was born September 11, 1925 in Birmingham, Alabama to West and Viola Griffin. Pastor Griffin joined the United States Army in 1943, and proudly served in the Philippines for his country before Honorably discharged in 1946. Pastor Griffin worked at various hospitals and clinics as an X-ray Technician for many years. While working at Mount Sinai. Pastor Griffin met Miss Olivia Hunter in 1957 and they were subsequently married in 1958. He retired from the Northridge Hospital in Northridge, CA in 1985. He was so in demand as an X-ray Technician that Harbor UCLA brought him from the registry to be permanent on their staff for 8 ½ years. He trained other X-ray Technician students and he worked in the Neo-natal Department; he loved working with babies. In 1967 Pastor Griffin was called to the ministry. He diligently worked with the Men's Department and enjoyed singing in the choir. After receiving his licenses, he began to help other churches in Los Angeles, Altadena, Pasadena areas. He founded and Pastored the Narrow Way Church of God in Christ for 9 years. Pastor Griffin was installed as Pastor of the Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, Pasadena, CA on February 9, 1992, by Bishop Charles E. Blake, Southern California Jurisdiction #1. His logo is "House of Fire", and his motto, "I'll go in the strength of the Lord God": " I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only." Psalms 71:16. In 1999 Pastor Griffin was injured on the job while trying to help his patient avoid from falling off the Gurney. This incident serious impaired his back causing a decline in his mobility. Various medical challenges developed because of the injury. Eventually these conditions led to hm having a massive stroke in 2000. Pastor Griffin did not let any of the health conditions deter him from continuing to answer the call and enjoying life. He continued his pastorship, praying, singing, preaching and proclaiming the word of God even while wheelchair bound. On Sunday, March 6, 2016 in the early evening, Pastor West Griffin, Jr. Transitioned into his eternal rest. Pastor Griffin was a "called" Man of God who lived, stood on, preached and taught the Word of God. Pastor Griffin is survived and loved by his beloved wife of 58 years, Olivia Inez Griffin, his four children, West, III, Wendy, Deidra and Charmane Tyee; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; God-children, and a host of nephews, cousins, relative, friends and the Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ in Pasadena, California.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on June 19, 2016
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