Dwala Sue (Funk) Griffin

December 7, 1942January 23, 2019

Dwala Sue (Funk) Griffin, 76, passed away at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. She was born in Floyd County, Indiana on December 7th, 1942 to William Albert and Martha (Smith) Funk. Dwala married Robert Maurice Griffin on July 20th, 1963. He preceded her in passing on January 23rd, 2008. Survivors include her daughters, Mindy Jo Griffin-Staton (Troy), Dana Ann Griffin, and Amy Lou Griffin-Allen (Gus); grandchildren, Andrew Baas (Jenna), Jacob Baas (Samantha), Tyler Baas, Griffin Allen, and Molly Allen; great grandchildren, Emma, Luke, and Reid; and her sister, Peggy Ann Perrine (Terry) of Franklin. She is preceded in passing by her parents and husband. She was a 1960 graduate of New Albany High School. She also graduated from St. Joseph’s Nursing School Class of 1963. Dwala worked at Jefferson County Health Department in Louisville, Kentucky as a Public Health Nurse for 40 years until her retirement in 2005. She loved the beach, cooking, and most importantly her grandkids. A reception of family and friends will be 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. A memorial service will begin 1:00 pm Saturday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Women and Families, 927 South 2nd Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. Online condolences may be made to


  • Center for Women and Families


  • Reception of Family and Friends Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2019

Dwala Sue (Funk) Griffin

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Judy Nielsen

February 2, 2019

I met Dwala in 1990 when I took on the position of coordinator for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Dwala had been intimately involved with the program from the beginning. She became not only my mentor for the Lead Program but my friend. We worked closely together until her retirement in 2005 but we had fun too. She was so alive and willingly shared her experiences and her zest for life. There are few people who really touch who we are and impact how we move forward in life. Dwala was one of those people for me. I have missed her these last few years but will always carry her in my memories. How lucky for you to have had her as part of your family. God Bless.

Sandy Robinson

January 26, 2019

To the family: I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Dwala at the Health Department for many years. She was a genuine person and a true public health nurse. She will be missed. My prayers are with you all at this time.
Sandy Robinson