Lois Lee Conley Griffith was born in Salem, Illinois to Joel P. and Ruth Beasley Conley on July 24, 1936. She passed away at her Waxahachie home on May 11, 2018.
Lois graduated from Centralia High School in Illinois and eloped with Ronald D. Griffith Sr. on June 17, 1954. Although they were told it would never last, they were married for 58 years.
She taught bridge, was Director of Duplicate Bridge and received her Life Master of Bridge in 1995.
Lois also managed and taught swim lessons at the Optimist Pool from the early 1970s to the late 80s. During that time, she also taught Red Cross Life Saving and earned the John Coyle Extra Step Award in 1987.
She held Laureate Degree of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, was a member of Book Club, and loved fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, scuba diving, reading, playing bridge with her friends, and traveling in the trailer — she went to nearly all 50 states.
Lois was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.
The community was blessed to have her in it.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel P. and Ruth Beasley Conley; her husband, Ronald D. Griffith; and her son, Ronnie Griffith Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Ruby Helms (Frank), daughter Debbie Hallabough (Rick), daughter-in-law, Patty Smith (Dale), and sons Joel Griffith (Shannon), Andy Griffith, Danny Griffith (Sharyl), and John Griffith.
Lois is also survived by her grandchildren Deann Wells (Eric), Robby Kinsala (Vanessa), Brad Owens (Kim), Rae Whitehead (Chris), Preston Griffith (Brittany), Travis Smith, Courtney Griffith, Jessica Griffith, Logan Griffith, Brandon Griffith, Joel Jr. Griffith, and Lexi Griffith, as well as great-grandchildren, Autumn and Jackson Wells, Tyler and Grant Owens and Kinley Allen, Case, Abigail, Benjamin, and Eleanor Kinsala, Hunter, Levi, and Kaylin Whitehead, and Nolan and Riley Griffith.
Lois went by many names. To some, she is Momma G. To others, she was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a mother, a grandmother, and even a great-grandmother. Regardless of whether you were born into her family or not, you felt her love. She was full of stories and wisdom, and all who were blessed to know her were also blessed to learn from her.
To her 12 grandkids (plus the five who married in), about a 100 more who felt like grandkids, and the 14 great-grandkids, Lois will always be known as Mia.
It was a name that began with her urging the elder grandchildren to “come give me a hug” (Me-a).
Those grandkids learned a multitude of valuable life lessons, like:
Off-brand cookies are OK as long as they came out of her cookie jar — and her jar was never empty.
You won’t drown as long as you swim like a frog.
No matter how many times you ask her how old she is, the answer will always be “29.”
If you ask her how she is doing, the answer was usually “Wonderful, and getting better!” And if you asked her what she was doing, the answer was usually, “Going Crazy! Wanna come?”
There is more than one way to play a card game.
Don’t touch Poppy’s airplanes.
Snacks are fine. Dinner is not as important.
As long as you ask her first, the answer will always be yes.
If you need a place to run away to, her house was always available.
Always follow the pool rules, no running, and don’t bleed in her pool!
Everyone who knew her would also know that she would support you know matter what you wanted to pursue. It was a big, unconditional love. And those who were loved by her loved her unconditionally for it.
She celebrated whatever it was you were celebrating, offered words of advice (even when sometimes you weren’t ready to hear it), and taught us all how to love ourselves, our immediate family, adopted family, in-laws, neighbors, and Santa Claus.
Though she had six biological children, countless others considered her a mom.
Those kids learned:
Mom will always know what you did that day, even before you get home — that’s what happens when you know everyone in town.
Too much “energy” will earn you laps around the house.
She WILL climb a radio tower while pregnant to pull down an adventurous toddler.
Friends were always welcome to dinner, and there was always enough to go around.
Sunday afternoons after church are for eating fried chicken — to be followed by a dinner of popcorn.
See, to Lois, “family” didn't just mean blood. It meant “love.”
Services to celebrate her life are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Carlson officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Waxahachie.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Optimist Pool in Lois’ name at Interbank, Waxahachie, Texas.