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Dorothy Peebles Griffin

Dorothy Peebles Griffin

July 9, 1920 ~ May 2, 2013

Dorothy Griffin was born 92 years ago in Lewiston, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho, a proud Kappa, Kappa, Gamma, and then taught English on an Indian reservation. In 1942 she headed to the Big Apple with her good friend Betty Bollinger, to pursue a stage career. Betty became a respected opera singer; Dorothy acted in Carnegie Hall before returning to the new family home in Seattle. In 1949 she married Jack Griffin. Their son Matt arrived in 1951, and Cam in 1960. Dorothy immersed herself in helping children overcome reading difficulties after seeing her own sons struggle. She was the adored reading coach at Epiphany School for over 15 years. Her retirement was marred by Jack's untimely death in 1984. Undeterred, Dorothy traveled internationally with good friends, daring the travel gods by wearing white, casually elegant, full of curiosity. Dorothy loved gardening, ice-cold beer, vanilla ice cream and the quick repartee. She appreciated natural beauty - indeed, the beauty of life itself. She will be missed by many but particularly by sons Matt and Cam; daughter-in-laws Evelyne Rozner and Christine Calderbank; and her niece and nephew, Caroline Reed and Michael Griffin, and their extended families. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 5 pm at Horizon House on May 13th.

Published in The Seattle Times from May 7 to May 8, 2013
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