Shirley Merriam Griffin, 90, went to be with the Lord quietly on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 surrounded by her family in Virginia Beach. Born on February 12th, 1924 in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Smith and Isabella Smith. Mrs Griffin worked as a Caregiver for various clients in her latter years, specializing in the care of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
She is survived by five children, George Payton Gregory, Jr, William Warren Kelchner, Jr., Sheryl Kelchner Bradley, Brian S. Kelchner, and Janis Kelchner Strickler; nine grandchildren, Christopher M. Kelchner, Erich Kelchner, Aaron Kelchner, David S. Lowery, Bryan C. Lowery, Emily Lowery, Alyson A. Kelchner, Evan E. Reames, Jr. and Catherine E. “Katie” Strickler; a sister, Carole J. Walker and her husband, Michael; and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Brooks “Bill” Lichtenberg.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 14th at 2 p.m. at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, with Pastor Scott Chafee officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
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