The Woodward News

October 23, 2012

Juanita Griffith

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Juanita Griffith, 84 year old Mutual resident, died Friday, October 19, 2012 at her home.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 5th Street Campus with the Reverend Jason Dirks officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Juanita Jewel (Arrington) Griffith was born on October 29, 1927 in Gainesville, Texas to Richard C. Sr. and Pauline (Wilson) Arrington.  Juanita grew up in the Richmond Community and moved to Woodward when she was a young girl.  She attended school at Richmond and Woodward, graduating from Woodward High School in 1947.  Juanita was united in marriage to Harlan Eugene “Jiggs” Griffith on September 12, 1947 at the Woodward County Courthouse.  They made their first home in the Moscow Flats Community and they then moved north of Freedom in 1969.  They later moved to Woodward in 1976 and  to Arkansas in 1980.  Jiggs and Juanita made their home in the Sharon-Mutual Community in 1995 and Juanita was currently living with her youngest daughter, Norma Lowther. 

As a teenager, Juanita was employed by TG&Y in Woodward.  After her marriage, she was a stay at home Mom of seven children and helped Jiggs with the farming, ranching and gardening.  After most of the kids graduated and left home, Juanita worked at Mistletoe Express in Woodward and owned and operated Juanita’s Ceramics at their home southeast of Woodward.  When they moved to Arkansas, she owned and operated Unique Resale in Benton, Arkiansas.  She was also an Avon Dealer for 20 years in Woodward and Benton, Arkansas. 

Juanita attended church in Woodward as a young girl and gave her life to Christ.  She was currently a member at the Mutual Christian Church.  She enjoyed ceramics, sewing, collecting glassware and she loved going to rodeos to watch her kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren compete.  Juanita loved cooking large meals for her family and friends.

She is survived by one son, Hugh Griffith and wife Colleen of Waianae, Hawaii; four daughters, Linda Catlin of Mutual, Sharon Clem and husband Mark of Sharon, Karen Long of Woodward, Norma Lowther and husband Donnie of Mutual; one brother, Richard C. Arrington Jr. of Woodward; two sisters, Ramona Thompson of Chillicothe, Ohio, Paula Laverne Jackson of Woodward; dear cousin, Dolores MacLaren of Rowland Heights, California; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Pauline Arrington, step-father, Otto Sweet, her husband Eugene Griffith, one daughter Lois Penrice, one son, Terry Griffith, granddaughter, Amy Wheelwright, grandson-in-law, Mike Carter, and her great-grandson, Daniel Griffith.

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