Grandma Griffin

During a break in chemotherapy treatments last month, I squeezed in a visit with my grandmother. Grandma Griffin, as I called her most of my life, was a kind and humble woman who always greeted me with a kiss on my lips. No matter how hard I tried to avoid those juicy kisses, eventually I would lean in and greet my grandmother with a smile.


I am Louella Griffin Johnson’s oldest grandchild, but I didn't have my own child until my grandmother turned 90 years old. Grandma Griffin attended my daughter’s first birthday celebration, which will always be a special moment in our lives.


On April 6th, my beloved Grandma Griffin was called to glory. My last living grandparent quietly passed away at her home in Chesapeake, Virginia at the age of 96, leaving a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to continue her legacy.


Her love helps inspire me as I continue battling stage IV colon cancer. In my fight against cancer, as in my work as a business owner and author, my strong foundation came from people like Grandma Griffin who came before me. I learned to fight with everything within me to win while never losing sight of my faith and my family.


We lay Grandma Griffin to rest tomorrow, but I know her strength is still alive in me. Thank you Grandma for your wisdom, and your shining example of how to get the most out of life. Until we meet again, know that I love and adore you.


  • I am just seeing this. Grandma was so proud of her grandchildren. She prayed for us constantly and even now there are prayers before God that have not even been opened yet. Grandma is still talking through us. We love her and miss her so much. Sam she loved you so.

    Candice Smith
  • This is a perfect example of how ones legacy continues to live. It lives through her family and special friends that was blessed to learn from her walk in life. As my nephew said at her home going service, she might not be here with us, but “she is still talking”.

    Michael Griffin

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