Obituary published March 12, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Laura Leona Griffith, 93, formerly of Mexico, passed away Saturday March 9, 2013, at Golden Oaks Assisted Living in Marshall, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Forman officiating. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Mexico.
Laura was born February 19, 1920, in Blaine County, Oklahoma to William P. and Edna Williams Mackey. On July 9, 1938, she married Marvin E. Griffith in Oklahoma and he brought her back to Missouri to reside. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1994.
Laura had lived in Mexico since 1938. She worked at Florsheim Shoe Factory in Mexico for 26 years. She was a woman of great faith. She was a charter member of Friendship Baptist Church and was honored in November 2005 after having served 55 years as a Sunday School Teacher for preschoolers at Friendship Church. She enjoyed her flowers and garden and loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
The second oldest of 10 children, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter Rose Ellen Griffith; six brothers, Dale, Floyd, Raymond, Noah, Laurence, and Alfred Mackey; and two sisters, Amanda Ruth Mackey and Dortha Waymack.
Survivors include one daughter, Rodella Inez Young of Sweet Springs, Mo.; five grandchildren, Regina (Jim) Cooper of Blue Springs, Mo., Gaylen (Dawn) Davenport of Lenexa, Kan., Renita Doyle of Jefferson City, Mo., Roger (Carrie) Davenport of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Ryan Davenport of New York, NY; seven great-grandchildren, Douglas (Mary) Cooper of Blue Springs, Mo., Kevin Cooper of Kansas City, Mo., Brette, Jack and Jace Davenport of Lenexa, Kan., and Riley and Emma Davenport of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and two great-great grandchildren, Callie Cooper of Kansas City, Mo., and Grant Cooper of Blue Springs, Mo.; one brother, Wayne (Nellie) Mackey of Mexico, Mo., and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends plus her faithful furry companion, "Toby".
Pallbearers will be grandsons Gaylen Davenport, Roger Davenport, Ryan Davenport and Jim Cooper and great grandsons Douglas Cooper and Kevin Cooper.
The family suggests memorials to the Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.
Expressions of sympathy may be given at pickeringfh.com.