Phoebe Jean M Griffith
September 19, 1929 – March 19, 2020
Phoebe “Jean” M. Griffith 90 of Largo, Florida passed away on March 19, 2020. She was born on September 19, 1929 and raised on a farm in West Virginia along with seven siblings, (two brothers, one of which died at birth, and five sisters). Because the farm was essentially self-supporting, and the fact that her brother was called to duty during the war, she and her sisters carried a large burden of the work to sustain the farm. She became a strong, hard worker and developed a very strong work ethic that she carried throughout her life.
Shortly after graduating from high school in 1947, she moved to Charleston, West Virginia where she worked as a grocery clerk. It was there that she met Howard “Pat” Griffith, who quickly became the love of her life. They were married and had two children, both boys.
They moved to Beckley, West Virginia where they raised their family. Pat worked as a grocery clerk and Jean was a dedicated and loving “stay at home mom” focused on raising the two boys. She was very active in their school and sports activities. She especially enjoyed attending most of their games and said many times that those were the happiest days of her life. She went back to work in 1967 as a clerk in Super X Pharmacy to help the boy’s through college.
In 1973 they moved to Largo, Florida due to Pat’s declining health and subsequent retirement. She continued to work at Super X to help support her family.
Jean always enjoyed working outdoors and maintained a large vegetable and flower garden before and after her retirement in 1989. Her home in Largo became a common meeting place for the whole family. She was a competitor and loved to play games. The highlights of her family visiting her were the spirited games of Croquet, Badminton, and card games, especially UNO. The grandchildren and great grandchildren especially loved playing with “Grandma” who thrived on the competition and seldom let them win, making many wonderful memories.
She was also an avid Tampa Bay Rays Baseball fan through thick and thin! She watched every game on tv, keeping score to help her stay awake.
Pat, her beloved husband passed away in 1993. Pat was the love of her life and she never remarried. Jean lived alone in her Largo home for 27 years. They are finally together again. Jean was preceded in death by her mother, Zella Edgell; father, Glyde Edgell; husband, Howard “Pat” Griffith; two brothers and five sisters; daughter-in-law, C. Lynn Griffith and grandson, Jake Kirby. She is survived by her sons, Michael (L. Lynn) Griffith and Freddie (Marcia) Griffith; grandchildren, Jeff (Vanessa) Griffith, Jennifer (Chris) Henderson, Nanc (Bill) Willis, Chuck (Terri) Kirby; Sean Miner, Amanda Miner; eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was laid to rest with her husband Pat in Garden Sanctuary Cemetery, Seminole, Florida.