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Florence Sumire Griffen


1923 - 2018
Florence Sumire Griffen Obituary
June 12, 1923 - September 4, 2018 Florence Sumire Griffen was born on June 12, 1923 and died peacefully on September 4, 2018 at her Mount Washington home in Los Angeles at age 95. She was a peace activist and vocal advocate for climate change awareness. She gave her all to the universe, the earth, and world causes, both as a professional community health nurse, hospital nurse, school nurse, educator, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and Thailand. A lifetime writer of detailed letters to family, friends, and newspapers, she was dedicated to supporting peace and justice politics as a religious and liberal soul. Her activities included voter registration, coordinating lectures and events for her church, waving peace and climate change signs every week on a corner at Eagle Rock, and advertising her beliefs with bumper stickers about saving and loving the world. Born to George Yoshizumi Takahashi and Yae Kawakami Takahashi of Dinuba, California, Flo worked on rented farmland with her six siblings during the 1930s Depression. In 1942, Flo had just completed her first year at Fresno Junior College, when the family was evacuated to Poston III, a concentration camp in Arizona, where she served as a dietician for $2 a month. She continued her intensive nursing training at Syracuse University on a full scholarship and graduated in 1947 with a BS in Nursing Arts and later received a Master's Degree in Public Health. She had been married to Robert Griffen from 1956-1982 and lived at her Mt. Washington home from 1979. Flo was a loving mother to Mali Griffen, a lifetime caring older sister to Margaret Zumwinkle, a beloved sister-in-law to Sock Takahashi, a cherished aunt to sixteen nieces and nephews and their extended families, and a generous friend to many, both near and far. Her family and friends feel a poignant absence when remembering her devotion to make the world a better place for all. Memorial services, led by the Reverend George Martzen, and a reception at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 West Hellman Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803 will be held on October 6, 2018, at 12noon. Flo requested that those wishing to make donations may support the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York NY 10011 (www.nrdc.org). www.fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2018
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