WOOSTER – Marguerite L. Griffith, 91, of Wooster, Ohio, beloved and loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully on February 25, 2014, of natural causes. She was born in Akron, Ohio, to Leo T. and Hannah Siekemeyer McLaughlin, and was a sister to Carol P. Byrns of Albany, New York. She married James E. Griffith in 1948, and was the mother of four children, Mary Jane (James) Gonzales of Atlanta, James (Roberta) Griffith of Wooster, Margaret (James) Sams of Pittsburgh, and David (Deborah) Griffith of Wooster.
She was the loving grandmother of Matthew Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Corinna Smith, Seth Griffith, Hannah McGovern, James Sams, Sarah Rogers, Catherine Griffith, and Haydn Griffith, and the great-grandmother of Lila and Reed Smith, Claire and Thomas Griffith, and Mirus Rogers. She is preceded in death by her sister, her husband, and her grandson Patrick Murphy.
Marguerite graduated Stow High School in 1940, then earned a B.A. in business with a minor in music from Kent State University in 1945. She and her husband James first made their home in Stow, Ohio, and moved to Wooster in 1968.
After raising her four children, she returned to college in 1971 and earned a second B.A. degree from Akron University, in education. She taught sixth grade at Franklin Elementary School for over twenty years, and retired at the age of 70. She particularly enjoyed teaching math, and preparing her students for math tournaments within Wayne County.
After her retirement, she remained active with volunteer work, travelling, and playing bridge with several clubs. She volunteered with People to People, Boys Village, Wooster Women s Guild, and St. Mary s Church, where she served on parish council. Through her involvement with the American Association of University Women, she was the Picture Lady, bringing examples of artists work and stories of their lives to elementary school children in the Wooster City School System.
She enjoyed traveling with her sister Carol to destinations and educational experiences throughout the United States, offered through Elderhostel programs.
She greatly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was always available to give assistance, comfort, or encouragement. Her determination, practicality, and compassion were legendary, and her terrific sense of humor helped her and the people around her enjoy life and weather the storms.
A memorial mass will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary s Church at 527 Beall Avenue in Wooster, Ohio. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com. Charitable contributions can be made to St. Mary s Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or to LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
The family thanks the personnel of LifeCare Hospice for their reassuring presence, and to the entire staff of Brookdale Place of Wooster for their outstanding care, companionship, and obvious love for Marguerite.
St. Mary ChurchWooster, OH 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster
There will be no calling hours