OBITUARY

Ann Catherine Griffith

July 30, 1941January 9, 2021
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Ann Catherine Griffith, 79, of Winter Garden, Florida passed away on January 9, 2021.

She was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on July 30, 1941 to the late Paul & Zetta Mae (Robinson) Doty. And, the love of her life, David B. Griffith, found her on the football field of West Virginal Institute of Technology, as she prepared to be crowned Homecoming Queen, “Miss Golden Bear”. Ann immediately commanded attention, a dynamic humble woman of overwhelming kindness. A veteran middle school teacher, she always cared for her students and loved them dearly.

Married to David, with three loving children of their own, Ann was a dedicated teacher both at work and home alike, she created an environment where everyone always learned & laughed, including herself. She graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Home Economics (now an obsolete vocation), with an early aptitude for the skills of homemaking. She excelled as a young teenager achieving 4-H All-Star service award in her home Wirt County, WV.

She cared for everyone under her teaching umbrella: all her teaching experience occurred in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and racially divided school systems. She brought her caring skills to children in need. She made her home warm and welcoming with smells of delicious cooking and each of her children’s favorite cookies.

Ann had the habit of rescuing stray kittens that always seemed to be on her path. She cared for and fed the local raccoons, possums, sand hill cranes, song birds and more. When grandchildren entered the picture, Ann was ever the fun teacher-grandmother who prepared toys and treats and experiences before they even asked!

More chapters of life only brought more adventure… Ann joined David in the engineering firm, and kept his administrative ducks in a row, so they could be free to travel the world together every chance they got! They backpacked for days through the Grand Canyon and the Chilkoot Trail into Yukon Territory. They tracked down the Northern Lights in Alaska, and explored the pyramids of Egypt. In-between times, she nurtured their children with: soccer, T-ball, competitive swimming, and card games of Contract Bridge, Hearts and Spades.

Far from settling down, Ann took up running at age 50 in a serious fashion and completed 8 marathons! She was an active member of the Orlando Runners’ Club and Track Shack MarathonFest and swiftly became dear friends of her running mates. She was selected to represent the Orlando Runners Club exchange program with the sister Japanese Runners Club in Uryasu, Japan. She traveled to Japan for the annual Uryasu half marathon. She attended weekly Florida’s Trails Hiking group for nearly 15 years.

Amidst all of these active and diverse chapters of life, Ann will be remembered as calm, simple, kind and a minimalist… except when it comes to chocolate. And, love.

She is survived by her loving husband, David B. Griffith; her children, Dan Griffith, Kyle Griffith & wife Laura Seifert, and Kelli Griffith, 5 grandchildren: Esperanza, Josie, Forest, Sebastian, Lucas and brother Richard Doty, Elizabeth, WV.

In lieu of flowers, Ann’s Family invites you to make a donation in her name to Second Harvest Food Bank, Orlando.

Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com

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ROBERT & ROBERTA PITCHFORD

January 23, 2021

Ann always had a smile. she was genuine and a joy to know. We enjoyed our conversation and hearing about her adventures that she and Dave shared over the years. We miss seeing her walking on the road and working in the yard. A shining light gone too soon, Ann you are missed!

Our sincere condolences to Dave and his family!

Dorothy Griffith

January 23, 2021

Thanks for sharing the obituary - I learned so much more about Ann. But I knew even from not knowing her well that she had touched many lives . She was a bright star in many lives both animal and human. I feel fortunate that you stopped in OKC on your travels so that I had the opportunity to meet her.
This is a sad time for you and the family, but knowing that she touched so many lives in a positive way may help.

Dottie

Don Baldwin

January 20, 2021

Jan and I are so sorry for your loss. We will remember Ann from the 1970's in Charlotte, NC going to all the basketball games with Dave and her young sons. Although we lived so far away, we always looked forward to Ann's yearly updates in her holiday letters.

Susan Paul

January 20, 2021

I met Ann and Dave through Track Shack’s MarathonFest training program. Both were avid runners and always up to help support our training runs, whether as Pace Group Leaders or providing Support by furnishing water or sports drink to thirsty runners. They combined their love of running, travel, and adventure by choosing challenging races around the country. Those group running trips are my most favorite memories; Deadwood and Bizz Johnson are among my favorites! Ann’s strength, determination, and grit were unmatched by anyone. I will always admire her and I’m grateful for the time we shared.

Linda Parrish

January 20, 2021

We were lucky to live next door to Ann and Dave in Cocoa Beach . Ann always had a smile for you. When Kyle and Kelli were born, she made her own baby food! She tried planting plants and flowers in the yard, but they didn't make it long before Dave mowed the lawn. She was involved with all 3 kids in school and sports activities of theirs. Dave was working on his prize race car in the garage. We enjoyed Kyle at age 2 walking over to get a cookie . We missed them so much when they moved to Orlando for Dave's company. We always welcomed a visit from Ann and Dave to reminisce about the good old days of the 70's and 80's in Cocoa Beach. We visited their house in Winter Garden several times and met the Dan's children that she was so proud of. We were saddened that she entered a care facility, but glad she still came home and enjoyed Kelli and her son. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave, Dan, Kelli, Kyle and their families. As I look over at their old house, I will remember all the fun times we shared.


Linda & Frank Dillon

January 20, 2021

Prayers for Dave and family. We will miss her laughter and seeing her walking in the neighborhood. The beautiful pictures y’all took on your journeys will be a remembrance of great times and adventures.

Linda Lemasters

January 20, 2021

There are so many wonderful memories: teaching at Cheylan, cooking food for the "500", swimming lessons, swiming in the Little Kanawha, playing cards, introducing me to my love of cats--simply enjoying our friendshiip. We truly could be apart for years, see each other, and continue our conversations.

My heart is sad.

My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. May we all be together again someday.

Sharon Hardiman

January 20, 2021

Ann Griffith was one of the most genuine and loving persons I have ever had the miraculous fortune to know and spend time with. She from the very start was accepting, warm, and generous with her words and her laughter.

Ann inspired me as a woman. She had it all together and of great inspiration to me was her unabashed love of Dave! It was not old fashioned or unsophisticated to be her man’s woman and she wasn’t shy about her story of her eye for him from way back! Ann and Dave have a remarkable love story which they played out every day and not just when others were looking!

I had the very excellent fortune of spending mornings with Ann and Dave over coffee and meals, runs and bike rides! Ann always had a beaming smile and an encouraging word for and to others. God’s imminent love for us all shined right out of every window of her being!

Ann and Dave and I were to all run an Alaska marathon together and then a cruise but Ann had to go and break her ankle on a hike and so the dynamic duo had to pass but she couldn’t wait to hear of our adventure when we got back.

We did get to go to Colorado for the Pike’s Peak Marathon and while Ann didn’t run, she did support Dave and me wholeheartedly even through my over 9 hour run! She even had my finishers jacket for me, which I love to this day and think of she and Dave every time I wear it!

Such awesome and loving memories of Ann and Dave. She is a current and everlasting hero in my book. She loves her family and remembered then fondly over many conversations. She loved her hero Dave to her core! Ann Griffith loved people and I always felt special being with her beaming and beautiful smile.

I know God will take care of Ann with great care and love as she reflected His light so consistently and beautifully to others. Thank you God for sharing Your love of me and others through your daughter Ann Catherine Griffith. I appreciate the reminder of your blessings unto me through Ann.

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