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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 23, 2015

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November 9. 1928 – April 17, 2015
Betty JoAnn Griffin, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, April 17, 2015. 
“Jo,” as known by all her friends (and “Honey” by her family), lived in Mabank, Texas, for the past 30 years.  She was born on November 9, 1928 in Canton (Phalba), Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles “Lester” Griffin (of Mabank), her eldest son, Denny Charles Griffin, her only sibling, Ginger Ruth Jones, and her parents, Clarence and Thelma Mangan.   She is survived by four children; daughter Paula Griffin Harper and husband Lee (Murphy); son John Jay Griffin and wife Kim (Canton); daughter Toni Griffin Mannello and husband Gary (Kemp); and daughter LeAnn Griffin Pickitt and husband Pat (Gilmer);
sister in law Claudine Goodwin (Dallas), 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and countless nephews, nieces and cousins.  Jo was very proud of their large family and loved many years of planning family dinners and holiday gatherings.
Jo and Lester moved to Dallas in 1945, where they worked and reared their five children until moving to Mabank around 1985.  Jo’s career included working for over 20 years in the children’s department at Neiman Marcus, followed by 15 years as the dietitian and cook
at the Children’s Development Center in Dallas.  She was deeply involved in both Lochwood Baptist Church of Dallas and First Baptist Church of Mabank, in planning and preparing church dinners, weddings and special events.  She loved to cook and in the celebration of Mabank’s sesquicentennial, she chaired the production of “Cooking With Mama”, a cookbook of family recipes from folks in and around Mabank. The Griffins also owned and operated Hometown Grocery store on Market Street in Mabank for 10 years.
Jo was an avid quilter and a charter member of Gun Barrel Quilters’ Guild since its inception in 1992.  She was a very active, hard-working member who participated in many projects for charitable organizations over the years.  She also worked with the Nifty Needles since 1992, a small group that started within the Guild, where she quilted on fundraising raffle quilts as well as other members’ personal quilts.  Once the quilting bug bit her all those years ago she was committed 100 percent, and she loved spending time creating works of art
with fabric, needle and thread.  Through the years, she made quilts for all of her children and the majority of her grandchildren, which will be a legacy they can treasure for years to come.
The Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank has been entrusted with arrangements. 
A visitation is scheduled there on Thursday (today), April 23 from 6 – 8 pm.  The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Mabank on Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. 
Pallbearers are Jo’s grandsons, Jason Griffin, John Griffin, Weston Roach, Jacob Broussard, Bryce Roach and Brady Griffin. 
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of VNA Hospice for their care and presence.  They request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the VNA Hospice (Visiting Nurses Association) East Texas Branch 874 Ed Hall Drive, Suite 105 Kaufman, TX 75142 or directly at www.VNATexas.org.

Apr

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 23, 2015

Mary Marcia Blevans Kirkpatrick, 87, of Payne Springs, died peacefully at her home April 14, 2015. Services will not be held, per her request.
She was active in
Cub Scouts and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) when her children were younger.
Later she became active in the IOOF/Rebekahs and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was born in Dallas and grew up in Oak Cliff. She moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area in 1972, where she married the love of her life, Bufford “Diamond H” Kirkpatrick.
She enjoyed traveling and owned a motor home for many years.
She believed in angels and will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, mother Marcia “Memaw” Monk, both of Eustace, sister Mildred Brey of Payne Springs and brother James Blevans of Broomfield, Colo.
Survivors include her children, James Britton of Lewisville, Marcia Jansen of Payne Springs and John Miller of Fort Worth; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the East Texas Crisis Center in Athens.

Apr

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 23, 2015

Funeral services for Iris LaDell Graham, 76, of Eustace, were held April 22, 2015, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Burial followed at Meredith Campground Cemetery.
Graham was born June 13, 1938 in Canton, to Vivian Irene (Bledsoe) and John W. Meredith, and passed away April 19, 2015 in Athens.
She grew up in the Phalba Community and attended school at Pleasant Glade. She married Jack Graham March 8, 1958, and they raised their family in Eustace.
Iris enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Living For The Brand Cowboy Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Graham, daughter Elaine Welch and husband Chuck , daughter Beth Bragg and husband Bobby, grandson Jeremy Bragg, granddaughter Jennifer Chambers and husband James, grandson Robert Welch and wife Talana, great-grandchildren Destiny Nau, Devin Nau, Carson Welch and Cason Welch, brother Glenn Meredith, several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Marvin, George, Deward, J.D., Forrest, Merrell and Wayne Meredith.
Pallbearers are Allan Sides, Clinton Warden, Keith Graham, Robert Welch, Jeremy Bragg and Jerry Meredith.