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Mary Louise Virginia Griffin


Sunrise: December 25, 1942

Sunset: January 3, 2021
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.
Viewing Friday, January 15, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Joyce SkinnerDawson says

    Pat, Jade & Family, My deepest Condolences to you & yours, I pray God give each one of you peace during this time of sorrow. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

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    Joyce SkinnerDawson says

    Pat, Jade and Family, My deepest Condolences to you and yours, I pray God give you peace during your time of sorrow. Please know Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning.

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    Veronica Jackson says

    My Condolences to your precious loss. Praying comfort and strength for the family.
    Love Roni and Family

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    Kimberly Jordan says

    My deepest sympathies are with you now and in the days ahead… wishing the family blessings and strength through this difficult time.

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    Patricia Dukes says

    Rest in Heaven my Beautiful Baby
    You as well as all your wonderful memories will always be in my heart!

    I love you

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    Areatha Pegram says

    Lord mom I love you so much what am I going to do when I need to talk to you and I need some guidance please father God help me

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    John Griffin & Family says

    My Mom was such a wonderful woman of God who served Him with joy and who also instilled in her children at a young age to fervently serve God as well. She taught us to put God first in all we do, to learn His voice and to obey Him. In return, He would never leave nor forsake us. She also taught us how to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour and to love Jesus with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. My Mom is now beholding God’s glory in heaven and I am so happy for her because she is nolonger in pain. Although we miss her dearly, we know someday, we too will be with her in heaven.

    Seek God while He can still be found and accept and live for Christ.

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    Kevin and Cece Griffin says

    You will be so missed mom . Will miss calling you and calling you old woman . But we knew you were tired and ready to be with Jesus. Please watch over us .

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      Steve Griffin says

      MY MOM MY QUEEN
      My mom was the greatest person that I could ever know it wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for anyone she was my hero in so many ways she was a very strong and special woman who devoted her time to the lord and her family. Whenever we were feeling some kind of way she would be there to talk to you and pray with or for you if she didn’t have the answer. I can go on for hours about you mom but I’m sure there are others who can continue with kind words about you to say. I will leave you with this I don’t know why my God has taken you from me but he must have needed you more but I will always miss you and know that you will always be with me and my family as well as all of your children and family and friends. You were the greatest mother of all times again you will be missed but never forgotten until we meet again much love always my QUEEN gbu luvm

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    cecelia Romena Rhodes says

    Auntie u will truly be missed we love you

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    Ashley & Ernest Carter says

    We miss you granny!!
    I wish I could talk to you everyday. I’m still trying to figure out life without you by my side. We always did so much together. We talked to you everyday. I always watch you with admiration. I needed you today. It’s been hard. I usually call you when I’m having a rough a day. Your hugs and words were always healing. Your smile was infectious it could brighten anyone’s day. I never met anyone else like you. We miss you so much. I pray everyday I can see you in my dreams. We miss you and We love you to the moon and back. God bless you pray and love you! Your Mommy Lou, Ernie and Layah!

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    Hugh says

    My condolences to the family. A beautiful and kind lady who I know felt the love of her family and who i know felt her love as well. May she rest in peace.

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    LaTonia Batts says

    Pat and family,
    I admire your mom so much. She always looked out for me and my children. She always invited us to the holiday meals and most of all she shared love, food and herself, always had a smile, that beautiful wide grin on her face and greeted you. I felt nothing but love those years ago. I haven’t seen her in years but i will always remember when I did, it always was that same genuine greeting. RIP to such a caring and supportive woman. We know your body is not here any longer, but you spirit will live on forever. I love you! I love you! Its never easy to say goodbye, so I just say….see you again one day! RIH always…Toni, Rah, DaeDae and DJ

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    Lorrie L Sanderson says

    What a beautiful woman. I’m sure she was a jewel. Cherish the time you had with her and rest with great memories that you made together. I’m praying for your peace and strength during this tough, tough time.

    …your fav nurse😘

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    Felicia Griffin says

    Mom I don’t know what to say is except I miss you dearly. The day you entered heaven and gained your wings I was broken hearted. Every time I close my eyes , I see your beautiful face and hear your loud infectious laughter. When you gained your wings I lost my best friend my confidant and my laughing buddy.I could talk and tell you anything and you would never divulge a word if I said don’t tell anyone.What am I going to do now? I could see in your eyes that you were tired but I didn’t want to except that you would be leaving your family. Did you know that Nikki and I were planning great vacation for you when you got better. God had other plans that only he has the answer too. I told you on our very last visit together January 2, 2021 when each family member had 5 minutes to talk to you that I didn’t want you to leave me and please stay. You looked so sad and then I realized that you knew that wasn’t God’s plan. I began to cry and just cry. I told you that it was okay to be with God and you smiled. We held hands tightly so tight that we could feel each other’s bones in our hands. I knew that would be the last time that I would get to hold your hand.I told you that I love you and that you were the best Mom anyone could have. You gave me that beautiful smile and said I love you back. We both knew that we would not see each other again.Goodbye my sweet Angel. Sleep well and peacefully in Paradise.I Love you❤️🌹

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    Andi says

    I love you Grannypanny

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    Andi says

    I miss you vary much I wish you were here so I could give you a hug before you left so you could go home I wish you were still here so I could say goodbye one last time I will always remember you I will move on but still know your here love Andi

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    Jadey mae & Noey says

    Granny, My ol lady, i miss you dearly, I will never forget the things you taught me. I will always remember that beautiful smile and your laugh. I love you always to the moon and back. I miss you so so much and your legacy will live on forever. Thank you for being the greatest grandma in the world. Rest in eternal sunshine. Love you forever and always ❤️🌹

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    Lisa Edmond says

    We all know death brings pain that time can only heal, I know because I lost several members of my family but I also lost a second mom who I truly adore. although she wasn’t my biological mom she was truly loved as a biological mom when I was going through my pain from losing one of my own siblings she was there to comfort me, she was always there anytime, day or night when and if I needed her. Mom you will truly be missed I know you are in heaven with God your joy is eternally here with us we will cherish the memories and lovable times we had with you. Your love will never leave our hearts because we know someday we will see you again. We leave you to rest now, sleep well. Love you always….

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    Mckayla and Mya says

    We will miss you grandma happy . We always wondered why u were so happy when we were little.. dad told us cause the Lord shined thru you so we started calling you Grandma Happy. We will miss the birthday songs and your hugs made us feel safe . We love you to the moon and back

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    Cynthia R. Stuckey says

    Pat, Heartful sorrow to hear you have lost your first friend..Your Mother. God’s Peace and Love to you and your family during this time.

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    ALFREDA MILES says

    Anytime i was in your presence, I felt sunshine, happiness, warmth, and that smile. I am going to miss you..See you in the soup as my Grandmother Lucy always said❤Praying for my family. Love yall

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    Sarah O'bryant says

    I will miss you and I know you are at peace now. You were beautiful on the inside and outside. I appreciate you for always taking time out to pray for me and being there with encouraging words. You will truly be missed!!

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    Cheryl Cromwell says

    As I listen to this home going service, I am reminded of the family that I felt took me in when I lived in VA 14-years ago and Pat and I were close friends. All of you are a reflection of your mother and she will continue to live through you! My fondest, and funniest memories of her was how she would ask, while we were already eating, “what are we going to eat for…”, and Pat and I would look at each other and laugh. She always made me laugh and feel welcome!
    Family, be Blessed and hold on to each other!
    Ms. Griffin, Until we meet again in Heaven!

    Cheryl

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