Elizabeth Jean Griffith, 80, Manhattan, died Friday, May 21, 2010 in the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan.
She was born March 8, 1930 at Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Curtis Barkes and Martha Wadsworth Barkes. She grew up in Hinsdale, Ill., where she was a graduate of the Hinsdale High School. In 1952, she received her B.S. degree in English from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since living in Manhattan, she had attended classes in Women’s Studies at Kansas State University.
She was united in marriage to James P. Griffith in August 1952 at Hinsdale. They were later divorced. He preceded her in death in 1993.
She lived in Hammond, Ind., before moving to Manhattan in 1979. She worked as a clerk and salesperson at the Town Crier Book Store in downtown Manhattan and later in the Aggieville shopping area for many years before retiring in 1995.
She was a member of the AAUW, Beta Sigma Phi-Master Omicron Chapter, and the Riley County FCE, all of Manhattan. While attending Coe College, she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.
Survivors include a son, Randy Griffith, and his wife, Myrna, Wamego; a daughter, Connie R. Woodard, and her husband, Bill, Chanute; a sister, Mary B. Smith, and brother-in-law, Don Smith, Coloma, Wis.,; six grandchildren, Kyle Griffith, Michael Griffith, Kevin Griffith, Nathan Woodard, Christine Woodard and Rebecca Woodard; and one great-grandson, Anthony Griffith.
Cremation is planned. In keeping with the wishes of Mrs. Griffith, no memorial services are scheduled at this time. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House or the Osa and Martin Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, and sent in care of the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Online condolences can be sent to www.irvinparkview.com.