Mary Ann Griffin, 87, of Macomb passed away peacefully at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Macomb Post Acute Care of Macomb.
She was born on September 12, 1935 in Saybrook, Illinois to Yale and Mildred Clark Butler. She grew up in Bloomington, Il. And graduated from Bloomongton High School in 1953 She met Bill at Illinois State University and got her B.S. in Art Education in 1957. She married Donald “Bill” Griffin on June 10,1956 . He passed away on November 27, 2015.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Yale William Griffin and one brother, Bill Butler.
Mary Ann is survived by one son, Mitchell (Becky) Griffin of Lake Oswego, Oregon; one daughter, Vanessa K. Griffin of Macomb; four grandchildren, Christopher (Maggie) Comstock, Daniel William Griffin, Faith Brianna Birdsell and David Yale Griffin-Galvan; 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was an art teacher at Oaklawn, Paxton and Rutland, Massachusetts, Avon Products District Manager from1969 to 1975, receiving the Circle of Excellence in 1970, Green Thumb (now Experience Workers from 1980 to 1993 older worker program and was field consultant in 1989 (Kansas, Wyoming, Montana and California).
Mary Ann was instrumental with the Facing the Storm statue in Chandler Park in Macomb which was sponsored by GFWC Macomb Women’s Club which was dedicated on September 12, 2015. She was an artist and an art teacher for many years and has numerous paintings around Macomb. She was a water color painter and donated many for fund raising events in Macomb and WIU Performing Arts Society.
She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon and Elder. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Fortnightly Club, GFWC Macomb Women’s Club, Macomb Beautiful, Macomb Country Club and several card groups. She was a volunteer at Heartland Healthcare Center.
In her retirements she was a board member for Wesley Village, Habitat for Humanity, West Central Area Agency for Aging. She was blessed by many friends. Her High School graduation phrase describing me “Ready for every bit of fun, always the same with everyone”.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There are no services planned at this time. Burial of ashes will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Western Illinois University Scholarship Foundation.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
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