Obituary of Delores Elaine Griffin
Delores Elaine (Johnson) Griffin was called home to be with our Lord in Heaven on July 7, 2019, at the age of 87 1/2. Delores was residing at Garden Plaza in Post Falls, Idaho. She unexpectedly passed away while in Respite Care at The Schneidmiller Hummingbird Field House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Delores was born on December 6, 1931, in Fosston, Minnesota, to her parents Palmer A. Johnson and Viola Susan (Patzer) Johnson. In January of 1932, when Delores was only 6 weeks old, her parents packed up their 1927 Chevy-5 Window Coupe and drove from Minnesota on snowy roads to move to Idaho. Delores attended schools in Coeur d'Alene. In early 1948, Delores' best friend's boyfriend introduced her to Robert (Bob) Michael Griffin. At that time, Bob Griffin was on leave from the U.S. Navy. It was love at first sight and six months later, the two were married on July 10, 1948, in Coeur d'Alene. On April 14, 1950, they had their first child, a daughter, Karleen Elaine, and then three years later, their son, Timothy Michael was born on July 6, 1953. Both of their children were born in Coeur d'Alene.
Delores worked at the Boots and Saddles Restaurant as well as Modern Drug in Coeur d'Alene. She also worked at the Econo-Mart Drug in Post Falls and the Big K in the Spokane Valley. Over several years, she was a representative sales associate for Fashion Two-Twenty Cosmetics, Sarah Coventry Jewelry, and Shaklee. Delores' family is also very proud to mention that she volunteered for Hospice of North Idaho for over seventeen years, as a cashier. Delores enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved to bake and cook for them. Some of her specialties were Huckleberry Delight, Hip Padder Bars, applesauce, and hamburgers. She also loved to make many different, yummy fudges, candies, and cookies. Delores loved her Dachshunds and she had many of them over her lifetime. They were her babies! She enjoyed tending to her flowers in her yard, dancing, listening to music, and playing cards. She was an avid church goer and believed in worshiping her Lord. Delores was a member and the treasurer of the Post Falls Nazarene Church for many years. Later, she attended Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d'Alene as well as she attended church services at Garden Plaza with Pastor Bob.
Delores was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a baby brother, a baby grandson and Bill Stollifuss, her special companion. Delores is survived by her Daughter, Karleen Dammarell (Rick) of Cascade, her Son, Timothy Griffin of Spirit Lake, her Brother, Ken Johnson (Linda) of Post Falls, her Step-Brother, Bob Heringer (Paulette) of Bismarck North Dakota, her Grandsons, Shawn Dammarell of Coeur d'Alene, Matthew Griffin (Christina) of Hayden, Brent Griffin of Post Falls, her Granddaughters, Kacie Rowbury (Ryan) of Meridian, and Alysha Marquez (Dylan) of Boise, and her Great Grandchildren, Brody and Josie Rowbury, Luke Marquez, Hadley and Wade Griffin. A Sister-in-Law Loretta Bailey of Iowa and a Brother-in-Law, Paul Griffin of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service, celebrating Delores' life will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., in the Clay Larkin Room, at Garden Plaza in Post Falls, Idaho. The Family of Delores wish to thank all who cared for and supported her and them over the past few years. Any charitable donations can be made to Hospice of North Idaho in Delores' name. Please visit Delores' memorial and sign in on the guest book at Belltowerfuneralhome.com