GRISWOLD MARIUM REBECCA WALTERS GRISWOLD 1921-2021 After a brief illness, Marium Walters Griswold passed from this life on September 6, 2021 at her apartment in McLean, Virginia with her daughter by her side. Marium was born on October 19, 1921, and grew up in Belcher, Louisiana, but had been a longtime resident of Shreveport, Louisiana. In 2010 she moved to Virginia to be near her daughter. She had been a resident of Vinson Hall in McLean, Virginia since November of 2010, where she had many friends among the staff and residents. Marium was the only child of the late James Franklin Walters and Pal Vaughan Walters. She was the beloved wife of Gene Madison Griswold for 58 years and the devoted mother of Nancy Jane Griswold. Marium was a gifted pianist who generously shared her talents with those around her by playing her arrangements of popular songs from the World War II era. Until shortly prior to her death, she played for hours from memory to the delight of the Vinson Hall Thursday night Happy Hour attendees. She last played at Vinson Hall's Anniversary Celebration in June 2021. After serving for many years as a secretary, Marium found her calling as a teacher in Caddo Parish in 1968. She taught English and History at Northwood Junior High School, Ridgewood Junior High School, and Captain Shreve High School. From 1974-1976 she taught the first classes for gifted and talented students (the precursor to Magnet school classes) at South Highlands in Caddo Parish. She was beloved by her students and took great pride in their accomplishments when she crossed their paths later in life. Marium was a selfless individual who believed in showing her love for others through action. In Shreveport, LA she led English as a Second Language classes in her home after her retirement from teaching. She combined these ESL classes with a love of ceramics and quilting, so each of her students also learned to quilt and paint and returned to their home countries with a painted nativity set, Santa, or American quilt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, LA until her death, and had served for many years as a Sunday School teacher for the Lydia Sunday School Class and for the Chinese Mission. She was a woman of strong Christian conviction and integrity, who displayed an unwavering dedication to her beliefs. Marium is survived by her only child, Nancy Jane Griswold, of Alexandria, Virginia. The family wishes to thank the caregivers from Right at Home and Goodwin House Hospice, who assisted during Marium's final days. A private memorial service will be observed at Vinson Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Volunteers of America or a charity supporting heart failure research.Marium is survived by her only child, Nancy Jane Griswold, of Alexandria, Virginia. The family wishes to thank the caregivers from Right at Home and Goodwin House Hospice, who assisted during Marium's final days. A private memorial service will be observed at Vinson Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Volunteers of America or a charity supporting heart failure research.
Published by The Washington Post on Sep. 24, 2021.