Frances Elizabeth Griffiths


MARYLAND - Frances Elizabeth Whitman Lamb Griffiths, 91, of Maryland, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Nursing Home, Oneonta, surrounded by family.
Frances was born on Jan. 28, 1928 in East Brooklyn, Connecticut, the daughter of William Arthur Whitman and Ada Mae (Preston) Whitman. She graduated from Killingly High School in Danielson, Connecticut in 1946, and later took courses at the University of Rhode Island, Providence.
She married Bruce R. Lamb on Oct.16, 1948. He predeceased her in September of 1965. She then married John E. Griffiths Jr. on July 8, 1966. He predeceased her on May 13, 1994.
Frances was always a farm girl, from raising goats in East Brooklyn, Connecticut to working with her second husband, John, on Oakdell Farm in Sterling, Connecticut. They later relocated to Milford, where for 18 years they owned and operated the Hemlock Valley Farm, expanding the herd and barns, installing ground silos and a central milking parlor. She was the pioneer at Hemlock Valley in developing computer usage for tracking the herd and farm expenses. Later, she achieved some notoriety for her herd of miniature donkeys.
She was active in churches throughout her life. During the late 1950's to early 1960's, she served as one of the first women Sunday school superintendents in a Baptist church in Danielson, Connecticut and headed several summers of inter-church vacation bible school. She was very active in Golden Heirs in the 1990's in Oneonta. Her last church home was the Milford Center Community Bible Church.
She traveled all over the US and Canada with second husband John, and later she took a trip to Israel and Greece with a group from Oneonta. In 2002, she and close friends Lydia and Dottie joined her son Randy's group on a two week trip to England, where she saw the Queen (and exchanged waves).
The family would like to extend special thanks to the dedicated staffs of Fox Nursing Home where she spent her last few months, and Woodside Hall, where she attended weekly program activities for the previous five years. Also, we are thankful for caregivers Suzie, Sharon, Susan, Lori and Kerri who helped her during Randy's overseas trips, and most especially to Joanie who was her long-term caregiver and boon companion over the past ten years.
Frances is survived by three sons, Randall P. Lamb (Joan) of Maryland; David W. Lamb (Linda) of Chittenango; and Mark A. Lamb (Deborah) of Oneonta; three stepsons, Donald B. Griffiths (Jackie) of Tennessee; Barry L. Griffiths (Chris) of Springfield Center; and Robbin T. Grffiths, of Ormond Beach, Florida; 12 grandchildren, Raymond H. Lamb (Kate) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Susan E. Lamb of New York City; Sara Sherlock (Patrick)of North Syracuse; Laura Byham (Matt) of Rochester; Jessica Lamb of Boonville; Lisa Vance (Robert) of Oneonta; Paul Griffiths of Tennessee; Jason Griffiths of Danielson, Connecticut; Jodi Mravjla of Cherry Valley; Judi Lusk (Drew) of Cherry Valley; Jermey Griffiths (Michelle) of Richfield Springs; and John C. Griffiths (Tara) of South Carolina; 17 great-grandchildren, Derek Griffiths, Christopher Mravjla, Sandra Mrajlva, Jolene Lusk, Andrew Lusk, Bailey Lusk, Hayden Griffiths, Bo Griffiths, Eli Griffiths-Easley, Jack Sherlock, Ian Sherlock, Maggie Grace Sherlock, Carter Byham, Jacob Byham, Claudia Halstead, Kyle Cuba, Kari Cuba; and one great-great granddaughter, Phoenix Mravlja.
She is also survived by a special niece, Dorothy Blocker of Hampton, Connecticut, and lifelong BFF Louise Salmon of Danielson, Connecticut.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Bruce R. Lamb and John E. Griffiths Jr., and her five siblings, Olive, George, Mildred, Philip and Robert.
Friends are invited to greet the family beginning at 11 a.m.on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, where a Service of Celebration will take place immediately following at 12 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Stephen D. Fourier with the Rev. Randall Lamb.
Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in Griffiths Homestead Cemetery, Sterling, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, if anyone wishes, contributions may be made in memory of Frances Griffiths to Milford Center Community Bible Church, 2582 Route 28, Oneonta, NY 13820.
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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
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Published on July 8, 2019
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George/Florence Ginter
Jul 09, 2019
Randy and Joan and family. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you at this special time. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble" - God's Word for you today. Much love to you all.