Carrie Jewel Griffith, 92, passed away in Eureka, Calif. on Oct. 16, 2013.
She was born June 19, 1921 in Albany. Jewel was the first of six children born to Carl and Leona Hendrickson. Her family lived in the small coastal towns of Bay View and Winchester Bay, Calif. and Reedsport. As a child she ran and played on the beaches of the Oregon coast. Her grandparents were Oregon pioneers and her grandfather George Prescott helped build many of the Oregon lighthouses.
In school, mother was an excellent student and won many awards in math. She was a county sprint champion in high school. She graduated in 1938 from Dallas High School as the salutatorian. After high school, Jewel attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth (now known as Western Oregon University) where she earned her elementary eating credential. While in college, she was a member of the volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and tennis teams.
She received her first teaching assignment in Noti. She lived at a boarding house which was full of men and she was the only woman. Her next teaching position was n Lakeview, where the principal met her at the bus station and took her to Dan and Orpha Brennan’s home where she boarded with their family. She taught sixth grade and then third grade while in Lakeview. It was in Lakeview that she met her future husband who was smitten with love at first sight; Frank Griffith, Jr., a U.S. Naval Airman who had participated in many WWII sea battles before being stationed at the naval airbase in Lakeview. They were married Aug. 26, 1945.
Jewel was a stay-at-home mom who was actively involved in the Lincoln School PTA, and was den mother for the Cub Scouts, where she had so much fun with the boys doing crafts of all kinds. Jewel and Frank raised seven children.
In 1965, Frank and Jewel had their dream home built on the hill overlooking the Eel River Valley just south of Loleta. When her youngest daughter was in fourth grade, Jewel took a job as a teacher’s aide at Loleta School. She remained at Loleta School until her retirement in 1992.
After Frank retired, they traveled across the country visiting relatives, National Parks, and attending Frank’s Navy reunions.
Carrie was preceded in death by her husband Frank Griffith; son Donald Griffith; daughter Judy Griffith; sisters Marjorie Forness, Jeanette Crevistion, Nellie Galloway and Joan Albee.
Jewel is survived by her son Richard Griffith, Phoenix, Ariz.; sons and daughters-in-law David and Susie Griffith, East Alton, Ill., Douglas and Nancy Griffith, Bloomingtion, Ill; daughters Kerry Joan and Karen Griffith, Eureka, Calif.; brother Michael Hendrickson, Richland, Wash.; grandchildren Robert and Amy Griffith, and Lori and Joe Pritchard, East Alton, Ill; Chad and Julie Griffith, Rohnert Park, Calif.; Miranda and David Blair, Seminole, Texas, Keeley and Don Griffith, Sacramento, Calif.; Alyssa and Ryan Hornsby, Chico, Calif.; Dwight and Jessica Griffith, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jacob, Elizabeth Jewel and Henry Loh, Pacific Grove, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Judy Griffith Scholarship fund through the Homboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Eureka, Calif., 95501, 707-442-2993.
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