Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 7, 2014 11:17 am EST


SPARTA — Betty L. Griffith, 86, of Sparta, died Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

She was born April 28, 1927, in Marengo, to the late Frank and Mabel (Rathburn) Strait. She was a retired registered nurse for Centerburg Local Schools. She also assisted her husband, Joe, in the operation of the Red and White Grocery Store and the Sohio Service Station in Sparta. She was a member of the Sparta United Methodist Church and a 50 year member Women’s Group of the Church, a former 4-H leader and Cub Scout Den Leader, and a substitute teacher for 30 years.

Betty loved being with her family and was proud of all of their accomplishments. She was a warm and nurturing mother whose greatest accomplishments were being married 64 years and raising six children. Betty enjoyed crafts, painting, quilting, sewing, beading, music and reading. At age 5 she was tutoring another child in reading, and at age 50 went back to school and earned her nursing degree. Betty and Joe enjoyed retirement together and spent 23 years wintering in Florida.

Survived by her children, Rita (John) Collins of Gainesville, Ga., Beverly Griffith of Sparta, Barbara (Jerry) Crowl of Olive Green, Candi (Carl) Crisci of Chesterville, Brett (Valerie) of Loveland, Bart (Shelley) of Lexington; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Joe” Griffith, on May 10, 2009; grandchild, Carmen Marie; and brothers, George and Robert.

Friends may call Sunday, from 2-5 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. Services will be Monday at the Sparta United Methodist Church, at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Collins officiating. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 15099, Columbus, OH 43215.

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