WESTFIELD – Maxine Griffith, 95, of Emeritus in Lakewood, NY, formerly of Decatur, IL, died January 25, 2014, at Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
She was born in Decatur, IL, the daughter of the late George and Beatrice Grandfield, where she lived until July of 2012 when she moved to Lakewood, New York.
Maxine graduated from Decatur High School in 1936 and went to work at Stuart Dry Goods. She also worked for Mueller Co. from 1943 to 1983.
Maxine married Pershing Griffith in 1943, in Yuma, AZ, just before he was shipped to the South Pacific to serve with the Marines in WWII. They just celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Maxine was an active member of the Prairie Ave. Christian Church in Decatur and was a long time member of the choir. For many years, Maxine made craft items for the church bazaars. She looked for-ward to her monthly luncheons with the Mueller Company Retirees. Maxine and her husband enjoyed traveling and visited Alaska, Hawaii, and the Holy Lands and took numerous bus trips with the Senior Citizens in Decatur.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Grand-field, from Denton TX.
Along with her husband, she is survived by two daughters: Sandy (David) Brown of Westfield, NY; Vicki (Tom) Dolash of Albuquerque, NM. Five grandsons: Derek Dolash of Phoenix, AZ, Seth (Annette) Brown of Arlington, VA, Joshua (Candace) Brown of Sherman, NY, Lucas (Stephanie) Brown of Jamestown, NY and Justin Brown of Mayville, NY. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Alex, Alyssa and Kaitlyn Brown of Sherman, NY and Ariana, Tristan and Caspian Brown of Arlington, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Prairie Ave. Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie Ave, Decatur, IL. 62521. MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY assisted the family locally. Memorial service and burial will be in Decatur, IL where Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home have made the arrangements