OBITUARY

Mrs. Deanna Gay GRIFFEN

28 May, 19418 September, 2020

Forever In Our Hearts

It is with heartfelt sadness, we announce that Deanna Gay Griffen (nee: Joistdahl) passed away peacefully after a year and a half long journey against Breast Cancer. She is predeceased by her parents Myrtle (Parasiuk) and Arthur Joistdahl, her husband Richard Griffen, and numerous aunts and uncles. She is survived by her daughters Darian (Chris) Stroud, Cathy (Chris Carberry) Griffen, grandchildren: Nicholas, Kole, Mia and Maia and her brother Orin (Sue) Joistdahl in England. She is also survived by her special nieces Jane (Simon) McDermott and Ann(Alex) Blaikley and their children: Emma, Sam, William, and Oliver, along with countless dear friends.

Deanna was born in the small town of Dauphin, MB on May 28, 1941 to loving parents. As a child, she enjoyed being a big sister, school, swimming, ballet and made many special life-long friends. She attended the University of Winnipeg where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then moved to Swan River where she taught High School English for 2 years. After her short teaching career, she used her kind and caring skills to become a Social Worker for the next 25 years. She worked in Swan River where she met her husband of 42 years, Richard. Together they lived in Brandon, in her favourite house on Buttercup Bay. Their jobs as social workers eventually led them to Winnipeg where they spent the rest of their lives. Deanna worked part-time with her childhood friend Carol for the Ministry of Children and Family Services for most of her career.

Deanna was an incredible friend, daughter, Mom and Nana with her huge caring heart. Throughout the years, she always had a special connection to her hometown of Dauphin and cherished her cottage at Ochre Beach. She enjoyed all the time she spent with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She loved doing the crossword puzzles in her morning newspaper, going for drives, tending to her garden, going out for lunch and especially ice cream at Ko’s.

We would like to thank the staff at Riverview Health Center (3-E), the staff at Grace Hospice and Dr. Mehta for her long-term care. Floral tributes are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Deanna can be made to CancerCare Manitoba in her memory. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Deanna’s life will follow at a later date.

“If only we could wish away your Cancer, your every pain, your every hardship, every challenge that you are facing... It’s hard to know what to do at a time like this but know that we care. You are not alone”. We love you forever and for always Mom & Nana.

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Marsha Mathison

13 September 2020

I worked with Deanna at the Income Security offices on Portage Ave. She was a most caring and hardworking counsellor and always had a warm smile for clients and staff alike. She and Carol were a great team.

Ken Doll

13 September 2020

Orin. Very sad way to contact you but I found your sisters obituary and wanted to reach out and extend my sympathy to you and your family. I also found your fathers obituary and remember him very well. Driving us to Winnipeg for hockey. Pls send a note when you can

Ken Doll

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