Mary Louise Griffin, age 78, departed this life on Sunday morning January 3, 2021 at Sentara Leigh Hospital. She was born and raised by her parents: the late James Albert and Mary Alice Stancil, in the Berkley section of Norfolk.
For many years, she was employed by ODU where she worked in the cafeteria and subsequently retired. Years later, she retired from the Founder’s Inn where she worked in housekeeping. Mary was a saved, God-fearing woman who loved the Lord. She had a true connection right to God’s ear and you always knew she could get a prayer through. Her first favorite thing to do was visiting and spending time with her family whom she loved so much. Mary also loved to shop antiques, which was one of her favorite past times. She was a former member of New Rising Sun Baptist Church for 2 years where she sang in the choir. She was joyful, happy and always had a smile on her face. A glow about her would pick up anyone who felt sad or down. She was a very caring, loving person with a great sense of humor and was always willing to help anyone who needed her. However, her main love was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was responsible for leading many family members to Christ.
She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: Felicia Griffin (Adrian and Nikki) of Prince Frederick, Maryland; Areatha Pegram (Jennifer, Jessica, and Jordy) of Norfolk, John Griffin (Michelle ) of Stafford, Virginia, Patricia Dukes (Ashley and Ernest) of Virginia Beach, Janice Wheatley (Jeff) of Norfolk, Kevin Griffin (Leecena) of Norfolk and Steve Griffin (Christine) of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Maria Spence of Massillon, Ohio and Blanche Stancil of Columbus, Ohio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews along with nephew, Kenneth Spence (Patsy) (also called her special son),
She is preceded in death by an older sister, Imogene Delores Davis and her fraternal twin brother, James (Sonny) Stancil and her granddaughter, Chavier Griffin.