Jeanne Griffin

08/29/1929 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 08/08/2019
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


Jeanne Griffin passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019.  Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 89 years at 2 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at First Christian Church.

Jeanne Griffin was born on August 29, 1929, to William Hale and Ora Bertha Hicks John in Chickasha, OK.  After attending Oklahoma College for Women, she married Travis W. Griffin on November 25, 1949, in Chickasha. Their marriage brought them three wonderful children, Michael, Victoria, and Jeannie.  She had a number of varied and interesting jobs in her work career, such as a newspaper reporter for the Chickasha Daily Express, services coordinator for the American Red Cross office in Hobbs, NM, and an Outside Service Representative for Texas Employment Commission in Lubbock.

During the 58 years that Jeanne lived in Lubbock, she was active in many organizations, such as League of Women Voters, Lubbock Women’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Lubbock Symphony.  She enjoyed volunteering her time and talents with groups like Seniors Are Special and the American Wind Power Center, and was a great supporter of her Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Jeanne loved many genres of music and enjoyed playing the piano.  Her love of travelling took her to many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Belize, just to name a few.  Anyone who knew Jeanne knew of her love for cats, and she was seldom without one through her lifetime.  From greeting cards to knickknacks to accessories, if it had anything to do with cats, she was sure to love it.

Jeanne was also known for her sense of humor, her quick wit, and her infectious laugh.

She is survived by her children, Michael Griffin and wife, Janna; Victoria Nelson and husband, Shelby; Jeannie Pritchett and husband, Bill Griggers; grandchildren, Justin Nelson and wife, Holly; Alexandra Burnett and husband, John; Jeffrey Griffin and wife, Brittany; Clint Pritchett and wife, Brittany; Alan Griffin and wife, Nids; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Cheyenne, Ella, Kayden, Mirabelle, Stephanie, Malcolm, Korin, and Tommy.  Countless other family members and friends will miss her deeply.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hale and Ora Bertha John; husband, Travis Griffin; siblings, Conway John, Ora Pearl Wright, and R M John.


The family of Jeanne Griffin would appreciate contributions in her memory to be given to American Brain Foundation (, The Alzheimer’s Association (, or the local charity of your choice.


7 thoughts on “Jeanne Griffin”

  1. What a beautiful picture of your Mom! We are so sorry for your sudden loss. what a blessing, no more suffering and pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love ya, Brenda and David

  2. The picture brings back so many memories! I admired it all through years when visiting the grandparents! Wilma Jeanne was a sparkling light in our family! Vivacious and so much fun to be around. My dad loved her so much! The phone calls between them through the years meant so much to him. I treasure the last time I saw her at dads 90th! We are sorry she is gone! -Marilue

  3. John & Connie Wallace

    There are so many memories about your Mom. I remember lighting candles in your Mom & Dad’s wedding in 1949. She was beautiful as always. I remember your Mom teaching
    me how to burp a baby (our Emily). She had a special technique! I remember her introducing us to Chick-fil-A & their lemon pie when we went to Lubbock. I remember her
    hilarious stories, especially the one about baby Mike & the cat! I remember how much she loved her parents. My Mom often mentioned Wilma Jeanne’s frequent trips to
    Chickasha to visit & the gifts she brought. And I remember how my Dad was crazy about his little sister, always wanting to talk to her on the phone. We are thinking of you
    at this very sad time! – Connie

  4. (Shirley) Elaine Wright

    I just learned of your loss. My heart is with you. I remember being told that when I was about two years old, my parents went to a convention related to my father’s work and left me and my brother and sister at Mom and Bill John’s. Your mother was there at the time (approximately 1950) and, apparently, when my parents returned to pick us up I didn’t want to leave your mother. I always loved just the thought of how safe and cared about she must have made me feel. The last time I saw her was in Hot Springs Village at the funeral for my mother, Ora Pearl John Wright (Jonnie). Your mother filled the void with many stories and much laughter. She was a beautiful person, inside and outside.

  5. I just became aware of Jeanne’s death. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with sweet Jeanne for many years at the Texas Employment Commission. She had such a great sense of humor! She was a beautiful and classy woman and I am so sorry she is gone.

  6. “So fun, so accomplished, so energetic, so smart, so warm, so lovely, and oh so missed. Love you, Jeanne! Becky Crabtree ”

  7. I had the pleasure of getting to know Wilma Jean when my husband, Gary Wright, (Wilma Jean’s nephew) and I visited her in Lubbock. She had such an infectious laughter and smile. She and I hit it off right away. We talked and laughed about many things and shared our mutual love of cats. In the short time that I knew her, I can see why she was Gary’s favorite aunt and loved by all that knew her. My condolences to the family

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