Mildred C. Griffing

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2003

Longtime Alaska resident Mildred C. Griffing died in her sleep Sunday, March 2, 2003, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. She was 90.

A viewing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Tustumena Elementary School at Mile 110 of the Sterling Highway. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the school. Mary Spath and Lindie Holmquist will officiate at the service. Burial will follow the services at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. A potluck will follow the burial at the school.

Mrs. Griffing was born March 9, 1912, in Plainview, Texas, where her parents ran the grocery store and local post office. She attended college in Louisiana and Texas and became a teacher. She met her husband, Dick Griffing, at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The couple, along with their 8-year-old daughter, moved from Texas in August 1959 to become half of the teaching staff of the newly built Tustumena Elementary School. She taught there for many years. After retiring, she traveled extensively throughout the world with groups of friends.

Her husband died suddenly four years after moving to Kasilof. She and her daughter remained at their Kasilof home and faced many challenges together, including the 1964 earthquake, winter storms and spring breakup floods.

Mrs. Griffing had three master's degrees, was a lifetime member of Delta Kappa Gamma and belonged to the Alaska State Retired Teachers. She loved to dance, read a variety of books and enjoyed directing many local theatrical productions.

"She loved teaching and seeing her former students succeed. She is remembered by many," her daughter said.

Mrs. Griffing was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Allen Lemen, and granddaughter, Gayleen Lemen.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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