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Agnes Helena Richardson Griffis

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Agnes Helena Richardson Griffis

Agnes Helena Richardson Griffis was born to Sam and Jennie Richardson in Sturgis, Mississippi. She grew up in the deep South during the Depression era and learned to work hard picking cotton in the cotton fields and working a mule team by the age of eight.

During her school years in Mississippi, she was taken along with other children in a horse-drawn wagon to school.

While living in Mississippi, her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1939 she was baptized in a pond on the family's property.

She was a member of the Delta Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her family moved to Colorado in 1944. She grew up in the Pea Green area and attended Olathe High School.

In 1949, she moved to and worked in Salt Lake City where she met Lloyd Griffis and later married him in Tooele, Utah, on July 2, 1950. They were married until his death in 1999.

They had a few moves. They lived in Henderson, Nev., for some years and moved back to the Delta area in 1961, where they settled and raised their family.

Agnes had a love of the outdoors. She rode horses on the Uncompahgre Plateau as a youth and later on in life, hiked many, many miles in those same areas.

She was an amazing gardener and homemaker, sharing her produce with many people, and canning until her health no longer allowed.

Agnes followed the example of our Savior Jesus Christ by serving others very gently and unassuming. She took many meals and Christmas goodies to others throughout her life.

She was called mom by many individuals other than her own children. She took in the homeless (family or not) whether it was for a few days or months. Many sought her out for her words of wisdom. She had many friends.

She loved genealogy and had an appreciation and love of her Indian heritage which showed in her home.

She loved the scriptures. When her eyesight failed due to macular degeneration, she listened to the scriptures on tape.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, she left this world to be with her Heavenly Father. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Services will be held at the LDS Church in Delta Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m., preceded by viewing at 9:15 a.m.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; brothers, Bill, Heber "Red" and Gordon; and one sister, Mary Alice.

She is survived by her children, Jerry, Larry, Pete and Robin; brother, Dalton; husband, Frank Trueblood whom she married in 2003; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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