Janet Ann Griffin

November 3, 1948February 5, 2019

Janet Ann Griffin, 70, of Greenville, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Arnold and Marie Berg Nolden.

Jan established her career as the Executive Director of Friends of the Greenville Zoo (FOZ), where she played a key role in the growth success of the zoo for over 24 years. Under her leadership, memberships in FOZ were raised from 300 to over 7,500, and she was a founder for many popular zoo events like Sippin’ Safari and Boo in the Zoo. She was passionate about animals and her work, and she did it with intelligence, hard work, a can-do attitude, and a wonderful grace.

After her retirement, Jan worked at Mariani’s Boutique, where both the place and the people were very near and dear to her heart. She also volunteered through Furman University to teach adult literacy, and was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jan was passionate about seeing the world and traveled to numerous countries and continents in her lifetime.

She also had a fierce love for her family, especially her grandchildren who she adored. She married the love of her life, Dr. William Robert Griffin, in 1969, and they were married until his passing in 1997. Her warm heart, positive outlook, and infectious laugh will be deeply missed by those that loved her.

Jan is survived by her children, Robert William Griffin (DeAnn) and Amy Griffin Vigil (David); her grandchildren, Ashton Mackenzie Griffin, William Robert Griffin, and Kelsey Marie Vigil; and her brother, Richard Nolden.

In addition to her beloved husband, Jan is predeceased by her grandson, Joshua Griffin Vigil.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville on Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 pm. Following the service, the family invites friends to join them at the family home to celebrate Jan’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Greenville Humane Society at or to McCall Hospice House at 1836 W Georgia Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

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Carol Mann

February 8, 2019

From Meyers Park to Club Forest and from bridge club to Friends of the Zoo board, I will always have fond memories of Jan. Our family will be thinking of you Rob and Amy. So sorry. Carol Mann

Martha McDaniel

February 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about Jan's passing. We were partners with her in the condo at Wild Dunes for many years! She and I had many fun times picking out things to redecorate it over the years and the late remodeling project we did. Her accomplishments at the Greenville zoo will certainly benefit many for years to come. Jan and Bill were both fun and I can say I'm happy to have had the opportunity to know both of them and share laughs. Martha