In Memoriam : Ann Griffing

Ann Griffing Ann B Griffing - age: 87
(November 16, 1927 to July 21, 2015 )
Resident of Chicago, Illinois

Visitation Information:
Visitation Wednesday, July 29th from 9- 10 am at

Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison
Harwood Hts, IL

Funeral service, 10 am

Interment to follow at:

Fairview Memorial Park
Northlake IL

Obituary:
Ann loved God. She gave clothes for the poor, helped the sick, and visited those in prison. Literally. She also gave rides, taught Sunday school, led Bible study, and proclaimed the Lord in word and in song.

Ann Burgoyne Griffing was born in La Verne, California, and grew up in Glendale with her mother Dora Luella (Blackmore) Griffing, her father Burgoyne Lee Griffing, and her older brother David Francis Griffing. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Ann graduated from Stivers High School in 1945. Ann sang in the choir at the University of Dayton and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1958.

After her parents died, in 1961 and 1962, Ann moved to Oxford, Ohio, and taught elementary school in Somerville. Later she moved on to Chicago, Illinois, for further study at the Moody Bible Institute and earned her diploma in General Bible in 1966, also singing in the choir at Moody. In 1966, she began her life’s work of teaching at Midwestern Christian Academy, where Miss Griffing was the teacher for 31 classes of students, mainly second graders, and sustained friendships with students and parents beyond second grade. Her apartment was full of knick-knacks and other gifts from students, which she
displayed proudly. She would tell you who they came from.

She always lived with a cat, pampering and spoiling: Boots, Moonbeam, Precious, and others.

Ann liked to travel. She lived in Germany with her parents from 1954 to 1956 while her dad was stationed there, traveled to Haiti in 1961 and then in 1963 took her dream trip – to Israel. She savored experiencing the land of the Bible. Other years she also visited Washington, D.C. and Hawaii.

Ann loved and championed Chicago, the people, the lakefront, the neighborhoods, and the sports. She was a member of Beldon Baptist Church and then Bethany Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School, being active in the ministry of prayer, singing in the choirs, and helping with Christmas pageants. She helped support missionaries and corresponded with them to provide encouragement. She read the Bible many times. Ann was respected.

In turn, people from church would support her - with her car, her computer, invitations to meals, visits in the care center (special thanks to Jacy), and even her taxes (special thanks to Var).

Over summers, Ann sold World Book Encyclopedias and other educational items. This helped her make ends meet, and it furthered the education of students, part of her passion.

Ann liked games, and she had many on her shelves. She played board games and Uno. She had many games that she took to school for her second graders. Once, playing Outburst, she needed to list 10 games that children could play without equipment, and creating that list took her but seconds.

She also held family and friends high, traveling to her brother's for Christmas, visiting cousins on summer trips, spending Thanksgiving with families, doting on her niece, nephew, and grand niece and nephews. She gave presents and at Christmas would arrive with more than one carry-bag filled with boxes covered with paper and bows. She shopped for Christmas all year long.

She was a poet, writing verse for many occasions. She sent multitudes of Christmas letters and always wrote a poem to go into the letter.

After a fall, Ann moved to GlenCrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she relished visits from friends and family.

Ann's niece, Christine, welcomes memories from you: christine.mullen@mchsi.com or 3352 Tulane Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52245.

Donations in Ann's memory are welcomed at Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison St., Harwood Heights, IL 60706 or Midwestern Christian Academy, 3454 N Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641