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Alice M. Griffith

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Born 4-21-1913 -- Died 12-6-2007

Alice M. Griffith, daughter of John H. and Nora Davis Wilcox, was born April 21, 1913, near Thomasville, Mo. She died Dec. 6, 2007, in West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Mo., at the age of 94.

In 1932 she was married to Jefferson W. Griffith, Jr., and to this union one daughter and two sons were born.

Alice's life was shaped by the Great Depression. She and Jeff lived by the philosophy of "making do" with what was available; canning meat and vegetables, then later, filling freezers beyond their need, because there might not be a crop next year. She believed in patching clothes and saving anything that could be re-used.

Alice was a full partner with her husband, always making a home for the family wherever Jeff's work was: timber in Colorado for two summers in the late 1930's; defense construction during the 1940's; operating the Royal Oak community store they purchased in 1946 and owned until 1954. Then building and maintaining a large feeder pig operation until the late 1970's.

After her husband's death from stomach cancer, she thought her life was over, however, she was needed by grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren for the love and cookies she gave. Alice became involved with community and church activities.

She accepted Jesus as her Savior, was baptized and became a member of the Alton First Baptist Church in 1952 She was an avid reader, a whiz at crossword puzzles and proficient at needlework. Her hands were always busy.

She is survived by: her daughter, Doris Johnson, of Alton, Mo.; two sons, Robert J. Griffith, and wife Nina, of Lebanon, Mo. and David M. Griffith, and wife Betty of Lee's Summit, Mo.; six grandchildren, Thomas W. Johnson, and wife Diane, of Alton, Joseph A. Johnson, and wife Kristi, of Clever, Mo., Robert M. Johnson, and wife, Elaine, of Alton, Rebecca Brandt, and husband John, of Columbia, Mo., Jeffrey Griffith, and wife, Teresa, of Independence, Mo., and Dr. Pat Griffith, and wife Cindy of Prairie Village, Kan.; 11 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; as well as many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband Jeff; her son-in-law, Wendell Johnson; and nine siblings, Lelia Baker, Mary Cooper, Grace Rutledge, Ruth Cockrell, Eugene Wilcox; Bonnie Stotler-Reeves; Elvie Wilox; Opal Reser and Lee Wilcox.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Alton First Baptist Church, with Dr. Todd Ewing officiating.

Burial followed in the Huddleston Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.