Salamanca - Genevieve A. Griffith, 93, of Wildwood Avenue, passed away suddenly Sunday (Sept. 1, 2013), shortly after arrival at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo.
Born on Aug. 3, 1920, in Great Valley, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Agnes (Chase) Chamberlain. On March 12, 1938, in Great Valley, she married James D. Griffith who predeceased her on April 28, 1981.
Mrs. Griffith was a sweet and loving lady who always had a smile. Purchasing their home on Wildwood Avenue, in 1946 for $2,000, she raised seven children there. Widowed for over 30 years, she stayed active in her children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's lives until the end.
She loved to travel, eat out and see people. While her husband served in World War II, she helped with the war effort, both in Eldred, Pa. and at a munitions factory in Buffalo. She was a long-active choir member, member of St. Ann's Guild, and treasurer for St. Mary's Episcopal Church. She was a member of Mizpah Order of the Eastern Star #162. She was an avid Jim Kelly fan. In 2006, she was Salamanca's Silver Belle. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a Ward 3 election inspector, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Most of all, she treasured her family and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her children; Dona (Kenneth) Clark, of Dothan, Ala., Valerie Brundage, of Salamanca, Patricia Cragg (Ronald Simmons), of East Rochester, Honorable James K. Griffith (Cattaraugus County Clerk), of Salamanca, Michael (Karen) Griffith, of Olean, Lynn (Brad) Harrington, of Salamanca, Daniel Griffith, of Salamanca; her grandchildren, Kenneth Clark, Karen (Scott) Gleidt, Kay Mitchell, Kevin Clark, all of Dothan, Ala., Steven (Sandi) Brundage, Susan (Darryn) Fiske, Shelley (Greg) Herrick, all of Salamanca, Kelly (Michael) Witter, Newark, New York, Kristy Cragg (Fiance Adam Sokol), of North Carolina, Amy Griffith (Fiance Brian Haynes), Lisa Griffith, all of Richmond, Va., Adam Griffith, of Henrietta, and Evan and Brynn Harrington, both of Salamanca; and eight great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Chamberlain and Carlyle Chamberlain; a sister, Dorothy Babcock; and two sons-in-law, James M. Brundage and George K. Cragg.
Friends called on Wednesday (Sept. 4, 2013), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y.
Funeral services were held on Thursday (Sept. 5, 2013), at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 99 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca, N.Y. with the Rev. Michael Lonto officiating.
Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca, N.Y.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Western New York Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 150, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221.