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Mary J. Griffith

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Mary J. Griffith

AGE: 88 • Frederick, MD

Mary Joan (nee Ackerman) Griffith, was on born April 20, 1928 in Wilmington Delaware and entered into eternal rest on February 27, 2017 in Frederick, Maryland.

The only child of Catherine R. (Hughes) and Leonard J. Ackerman, Mary was nurtured by her maiden aunts, Mae and Eleanor and her grandparents, Mary Theresa and John Hughes. She was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill at Christ Our King Parochial School and attended high school at Ursuline Academy, graduating in 1946. She attended nursing school at Misericordia Hospital in Philadelphia, leaving to marry before obtaining her degree.

On February 12, 1949 at Christ Our King Church, then located in the basement of the school, she married Harry A. Griffith who predeceased her in 1988 and to whom she was wed for thirty-nine years. Mary was active at Christ Our King in the parish school and in the church, and spoke fondly of the "Kingers" always. In 1972, Mary and Harry moved their family to Carr Road and became parishioners of St. Helena's parish, where she was a member of the choir and a prayer group. Her Catholic faith was the foundation of her life; it informed her decisions and actions for nearly eighty-nine years.

After her husband's death, Mary moved to a smaller home in Shellburne where she made her home for seventeen years. For health reasons, she moved to Shipley Manor Independent Living in Wilmington. While there she appreciated socializing with other residents and the relationships formed with staff members. In November of 2015, Mary moved to Montevue Assisted Living in Frederick, Maryland to be closer to family. She cherished the time she spent enjoying meeting new friends and being cared for by her family and a dedicated staff.

Mary was a homemaker. She was a lover of animals, a voracious reader, a poet, a den mother, a devoted wife and caretaker to her husband and an encourager of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed stenciling, shopping, a competitive football or basketball game and listening to show tunes and Irish music. She relished good conversations, forgave easily and knew the best cure when you were having a bad day was a big glass of milk and a slice of her applesauce cake.

Mary is survived by her three children: Harry K. Griffith (Judy), Kathy Moore(Tim) and James W. Griffith; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19806 on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 8:30AM until 9:30AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00AM at St. Helena Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte, Wilmington, Delaware 19809. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Helena Catholic Church at the above address.

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Published in The News Journal on Mar. 3, 2017
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