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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Jan and family,
We send our love and thoughts! We are here for you always! We don’t have to tell you what a wonderful and dignified lady Shirley was. She will always be in our hearts! Love Randy, Debbie,Dylan and Breanna
Dear George, Warren, Sheryl, Brian & Janis,
I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a gracious, caring person, and quite the lady. I have many happy memories of your mom and you guys…SO many years ago. The last time I saw Shirley was at my mother’s funeral service 5 years ago. My mother thought a lot of your mother, and I know my father never liked the fact that they got along so well. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
From the first time I met Shirley you could tell she was very loving and caring. She treated me as one of her “sons”. Over the years we had many conversations I remember fondly. Having suffered the losses of my father, brother and mother over a four year period I can truly say they are at a better place now. As they say time heals all wounds I can say it gets a little easier as each day passes recalling all the wonderful times together. I’m sorry I’ll be out of town for the ceremony but your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott, Sandy & Spencer Cole