Betsy Anne Griffin

January 27, 1917March 5, 2019

Betsy Anne Griffin, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away from a stroke at age 102 on March 5th, 2019. She lived at Broadmead Retirement Community for 34 years. She moved to Broadmead with her late husband, James A. Griffin, Jr. in the fall of 1985.

The former Betsy Anne Gregg was born in Baltimore in 1917. She graduated from Goucher College in 1939, and spent the majority of her life in North Baltimore and Towson.

As a compassionate and driven individual, Betsy was an active volunteer throughout much of her life. She served the Meals on Wheels program at Towson Presbyterian Church for nearly a decade. She also volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC Hospital) starting shortly after it opened. She first served as a ‘candy stripe’ aide, and later worked in the hospital’s gift shop until moving to Broadmead.

In her first two decades at Broadmead, she contributed to the retirement community’s newsletter, interviewing new residents to introduce them to the rest of the community.

She was a longtime member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where a family ceremony will be held to intern her ashes beside those of her husband. A public remembrance ceremony will be held at the Broadmead community at a date and time yet to be announced.

Despite all her accomplishments, when asked about her proudest achievement, she said, “My husband was a great man—the love of my life. And we raised three wonderful children.”

Betsy Griffin is survived by her daughter, Sunny Griffin, a well-known model and national television personality during the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, who now lives in Telluride, Colorado, as well as her youngest son Nick Griffin, who resides in Sparks, Maryland. She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren—Kelly Wagner Osborne of Los Angeles, California mother of great-grandchildren Mabel and Oliver Osborne; Kerry Wagner of Tarrytown, New York; Nancy Griffin of Eugene, Oregon, James Griffin IV of Portland, Oregon, Margaret Griffin of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Julia Griffin of Louisa, Virginia,

The family has asked in lieu of flowers that contributions be made through to the Macular Degeneration Foundation.


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Tina Chan Sweenie

March 18, 2019

We met Betsy at Broadmead. My daughter, Beatrice who had just turned 7, was paired up with Betsy during a Holiday Sing Along - Girl Scouts event. They made a few ornaments together and learned about one another. A few days later, Beatrice asked to go back for a visit. During these last two years, the two took walks together, went to the garden, shared snacks, read books, sang together, Beatrice made a number of bracelets that Betsy was always happy to wear and they just sat with each other. They realized that no matter the age, there were commonalities and "Betsy, felt like family"; they were both Girl Scouts, they enjoyed music, but loved singing, they loved fruit, especially fresh picked cherries and blueberries, they loved fresh flowers (Betsy's were daffodils, of course:) and they both loved swimming and dogs. Beatrice, was able to sing to Betsy, one last time, the night before she passed. She was able to update her about life, shared some stories and say good-bye to her friend. Thank you, Betsy!

Harvey Peterson

March 10, 2019

I'll remember the special friendship my Mom and Dad had with both Betsy and Jim and all the " Creeps", that wonderful gang from Towson Presbyterian Church. It was a special bond they all
I also remember when I was in high school Betsy knit an Irish fisherman's sweater for me
which I was so grateful for and it was very special and worn with love and appreciation. Betsy
was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Becky Galloway

March 8, 2019

So many wonderful memories of Jim and Betsy and all the family. Towson Presbyterian Church activities, Christmas night at the Lyons, trips to Vermont and all the Towson friends. Mom, Sarah Galloway Larrabee, will turn 100 this June. She sends her love as do I.

Jeannie LeForge

March 6, 2019

To the Griffin family -
Betsy was well loved and will be remembered by her many Towson and area friends. She was the longest lived of the beloved “Creeps” and has now ended an era, for sure. May you find comfort from one another and from the many happy memories of times together with her. Also take comfort in the knowledge of how much her life meant to those who knew and loved her.
Thinking of all of you. Take care.
Love, Jeannie & Rollie