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A beautiful soul left our world on October 2, 2012. She found freedom from her cancer and died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Ann Ursula Griffith was born in Greencreek, ID on May 19, 1938. Growing up on a farm the eldest daughter of eight children, she developed a steadfast work ethic and a compassionate, feisty spirit that thrived on serving others. In 1963, after a brief career as a high school teacher, Ann met and married her best friend and love of her life, Dave Griffith. For the past 49 years they shared many adventures from raising four children and enjoying family camping trips to traveling the world and doting on their grandchildren.
Ann was selflessly dedicated to her family and a sweet blessing to all her love touched. Because she taught us values and respect, we can honor ourselves and others. Because she created safety and security, we can explore the world and take risks. Because she made sure we always had what we needed, we trust that life is abundant. Because she was confident and assertive, we learned to speak our truth. Because she shared her faith, we have fulfilling spiritual lives. Because she encouraged us, we discovered our special gifts. Because she sacrificed, we learned gratitude. She will live on in the joyful memories she leaves behind.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Dorothy Jentges; brother, Harry Jentges and grandchildren, Carl, Matthew, Jonathan and Carmon Griffith. She is survived by her husband, Dave Griffith; and children, Bill Griffith of Yuma, AZ, David (Alice) Griffith of Ponderay, ID, Michael (De) Griffith of Spokane and Denise (Jeff) Schoborg of Tulsa, OK. She also leaves behind her brothers, John Jentges and Tom (Mary) Jentges of Spokane, Tony (Geralyn) Jentges of Greencreek, ID; her sisters, Rose Mary Rabdau, Mary Jo Seymour and Patricia Stach, all of Yakima, WA and many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Mark, Gwendolyn and Finn.
Mom, thank you for sticking by us all, even when we were stinkers. The world is a more beautiful place because of your love and compassion. Ever onward...the journey continues.
A Rosary service will take place Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spokane Valley. A Funeral Mass and celebration of Ann's life will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11 AM, also at St. Mary's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hospice of Spokane for their dignified and gentle care. Please visit Ann's on-line memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com Arrangements entrusted to:
Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2012