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LaRae Antoinette Griggs

December 9, 1979November 16, 2021

LaRae (Also known as Rae Rae) was born December 9th, 1979 to James Otis and Karen Ann Griggs (Corley) in Chicago, IL. LaRae and the family relocated to Lansing, MI in 1981. LaRae was diagnosed with Type -1 Diabetes at the age of 7; she lived an impactful loving life with that terminal disease.

LaRae was a proud student of the Lansing School district through graduation; She attended Fairview Elementary, Pattengill Middle School and Eastern High School, home of the Quakers. LaRae was a proud Quaker; she was the class president of the graduating class of 1997. LaRae pursued her Bachelor of Science in Education, with a focus on Special Education from Michigan State University. LaRae was a PROUD Spartan. She was active in multiple RSO’s including but not limited to Holden Black Caucus and the Bomb Squad that brought events such as Fake the Funk, Keep it Real, and Taste of Blackness to MSU’s Campus. LaRae was very active in the Michigan State University Black Alumni chapter as well.

LaRae committed her life to Jesus and being a servant. She displayed Love in action. LaRae was a former member of Living Word Outreach Church, but currently was an active member of St. Stephens Community Church, where she coordinated the youth and children’s ministry. Larae was extremely passionate about children and youth. She spent her free time providing childcare to numerous families in the communities, volunteering through various nonprofits, and working the elections (Precinct Captain). LaRae LOVED people from the heart; she was truly a people’s person.

LaRae’s memory will be cherished by her Mother, Karen Ann Corley; Second Father, Rev. Dr. Charles J. Corley; Sisters, Clarice Burts, Carla (James) Fields, Jamie Griggs, Lauren Corley; Brother, Charles Corley Jr., Grandfather, Rev. Dr. LeRoy Sanders; Adopted Grandmother Lillian Harris; One Special Niece, Brooklynn Griggs; Nephews, Denzel Wilson, Derice Wilson, Deprece Jenkins, Dentrel Jenkins, and Tyler Fields; Godchildren, Caleb Glasscoe and Hanifa Shareef; A host of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins as well as a host of Special Friends whom she cherished.

She was preceded in death by her Father, James Otis Griggs; Grandparents, Norma Jean Sanders, Vernella and John Griggs and Artie Bell Corley.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am Monday, November 22, 2021 at The Kellogg Center. Seating will be limited to the first 200 (including family). A livestream of the service will be available at https://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/64076 Public viewing will be at Tiffany Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00pm on Sunday. Masks are required for both events.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Public Viewing

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, November 22, 2021

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Leah Harris

November 23, 2021

She was and is such a bright light that will never go out because she lives in our hearts and memories.😇❤🕊

Family you have my deepest condolences, I got a chance to see her this summer and Jamie it was such a pleasure.🕊

LaRosa Johnson

November 22, 2021

I am echoing many others when I say that to me, LaRae was every color of the rainbow--Vibrant, beautiful, and bright. From our days at LWOC to Eastern High School, she had such a radiance about her. I am glad we stayed in touch and that she got to meet my son. Her smile, her hugs and her physical presence will be so deeply missed. To Momma Karen, Jamie and the rest of the family, you will continue to be in my prayers.

LaRae, I will see you later. ❤️

LaRosa Beatty-Johnson

Pam and Tony Willis

November 22, 2021

LaRae was a gift to all who knew her especially the children who were in her care. Her light was so bright and her energy so strong. I always enjoyed when she came to visit Karen at University Apartments/Hall Assignments. From the minute she walked in the door, you knew she was there! Karen, Jaimie, Brooklyn and all of her family, our heartfelt condolences.

Brandie Ekren

November 22, 2021

I had the honor of being LaRae’s resident assistant/advisor at MSU. It was such a delight to witness her Positive energy and vibrant spirit. She enhanced the college experience for all those around her, and enriched my own growth as a resident assistant.
I remember the day she moved in to her dorm during her freshman year with her roommate. They appear to be polar opposites, yet completely complemented one another. I was surprised at the time to know that they were high school Besties and assumed the friendship would suffer and not last beyond the first semester. However those ladies proved me wrong and they turned out to be a very dynamic pair. Brandie

Brenda Evans-Tramble

November 22, 2021

Karen and Jamie....you all hold such a special place in my heart! My thoughts and prayers are with you all today and in the days to come. LaRae was such a beautiful light and will be truly missed. Love, prayers and blessings to you and your entire family.
With love, Brenda Evans-Tramble

Pamela Bellamy

November 22, 2021

Gone. From this world was a beautiful dynamic youn g woman you have left a legacy that will never be replaced Love always Pam B

sherrie jackson

November 22, 2021

I’m sorry Griggs Family. Curtis and I could not attend but just know our hearts bleed for you. LaRae always brightened up wherever she was. Her smile was unforgettable. When you don’t know what to say; say nothing.

We Love You,
Curtis & Sherrié Jackson

Felicia Wasson

November 22, 2021

LaRae played a very special role in the lives of me and my family. She was dependable, reliable, kind and loving to us all, but most especially our boys. LaRae has and always will hold a special place in all of our hearts. I'm grateful that God allowed our paths to cross and that she shared unyielding and unwavering love for others with our family. She will never be forgotten. Sending our love to Karen, Jamie, Brooklynn, Dr. Corley, Lauren and CJ. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Felicia, Joshua, Isaiah & Evan Wasson

Tamara and Jazzy Nash

November 22, 2021

We’re going to miss hanging out on Walnut st for the 4th of July . Thank you for being a good friend and aunt to my baby girl Jazzy Kat

Haniyyah Zakiyyah-Rhodes

November 22, 2021

LaRae was a very special woman. To know her, you wouldn’t know her illnesses by her time spent with you. Rather, you’d know a soul in this time that was always looking forward to helping someone enjoy life - by celebrating a birthday or holiday of some kind. And just being her cheerful self is why the children loved spending time with her. My Prayer is that LaRae enjoys peace for she has earned it.
I love you LaRae. I’ll miss you sharing your joy with us here in this place.
Haniyyah

FROM THE FAMILY