Carolyn Ann Griffith
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Carolyn "Cecy" Crom Griffith 77, lifelong resident of Indianapolis, died peacefully on August 27, 2005. Mrs. Griffith was born on January 2, 1928 to the late Raymond Francis and Helen (Seeger) Crom. She graduated from Tudor Hall in 1946 and from Briarcliff College in 1948. Mrs. Griffith also attended Northwestern University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She married respected businessman, William Chenoweth Griffith, Jr., in 1952, and he preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Griffith was very active in various philanthropic and social organizations in Indianapolis for many years. She was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church and had served on the church's Arts Memorial Committee. She served on the Boards of Directors of Cathedral Arts, Inc. and Community Hospital Foundation. She was a founding member of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and was a Life Trustee at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In addition, Mrs. Griffith was associated with the Christamore Aid Society, the Indianapolis Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and had served on the Women's Committee of the Indiana State Symphony. As a longtime supporter of the Orchard School, Mrs. Griffith was a recipient of "The Distinguished Friend Award." Mrs. Griffith was a member of Crooked Stick Golf Club, Meridian Hills Country Club, and Woodstock Club. She was also a member of Traders Point Hunt, Dramatic Club, and Lambs Club. Having enjoyed spending time on Lake Maxinkuckee and in Delray Beach, Florida, she was a member of the Maxinkuckee Country Club, Maxinkuckee Yacht Club, Country Club of Florida, Seagate Beach Club, and the Delray Beach Club. Survivors include her children, William Chenoweth Griffith, III (Gerry) and Ruthelen Griffith Burns (Andrew T.); grandchildren, Andrew Griffith Burns, John Christopher Burns, and Grace Elizabeth Burns. Friends and family will gather on Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Fortune Room at Trinity Episcopal Church. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. in the church with interment following at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christamore House, Indianapolis Zoo, St. Vincent Hospice or donor's favorite charity. Funeral arrangements by the Leppert Life Story Funeral Home, Nora Chapel.


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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 30, 2005.