Lynne Casserd Grieff
Our mother lived with beauty, grace, and dignity. She died, quietly, December 24, 2012, one month after her 85th birthday. She leaves behind her cherished son and daughter, beloved grandchildren and special members of her extended family and friends, who were so very dear to her heart, and who in turn, will miss her joyful and thoughtful company. She had an exuberant, curious, generous, kind spirit and she will always be remembered. Our beautiful mother grew up in San Francisco where she graduated from Wilkins Private High School. Her path led back to the state of Washington, where she was born. She attended the University of Washington
, where she made dear, life-long friends, and met her husband. After 30 years as a mother and wife, newly divorced and having withdrawn early from the U.W., she re-enrolled to complete her graduation requirements and received her degree in 1980. She was a lifetime learner and especially enjoyed Professors Costigan, Bridgeman, and Lipstadt. She was an avid Husky fan and attended many Husky football games and when she was confined to her wheelchair, still kept up on the T.V. with both Husky and Seahawk games. She was devoted to her family, loved people, entertaining, cooking, trying out new restaurants, and exuded such elegance and "joie de vivre." She especially loved to travel, and did so as long as her health permitted. She was a true bohemian at heart. Wherever she traveled, she made new friends and she kept them throughout her life. She spent many happy winters and family rendezvous in Palm Springs, and during the 1980's, visited NYC and decided to rent a brownstone where she lived for one year. Shortly thereafter, she lived in Rome for one year where she voraciously absorbed the culture, historic sites, and made lifelong friends. She was a member of the Women's University Club and the Washington Athletic Club. Over the last decade, she faced a difficult medical condition and lived her life with strength and stoicism that were indications of her inner strength and resolve to live her life as best as she could. She tried to never allow her physical limitation to interfere with her life. She was taken care of by a group of dedicated caregivers to whom we are so grateful, and by her devoted daughter who watched tirelessly over her.
A memorial service and burial for family and friends in her honor will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at Butterworth, Arthur A. Wright Chapel. Remembrances may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital.