Betty Lou Fleming Griffin (age 80) devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 of natural causes. Betty was born in July 30, 1936, the oldest child of Otis Clayton Fleming and Emily Mace. She graduated high school in 1954 from Provo High School in Utah. She attended college at Boise State University receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1980 and master’s degree in Social Work in 1993.
She was a member of the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1958-1963 singing soprano.
She met the love of her life, J. Mark Griffin while they were both serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Gulf States Mission. He played piano and she sang, so from the beginning they made beautiful music together. The first song they performed together was “My Funny Valentine” which became their love song. They were married and sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on December 27, 1963 by Elder LeGrand Richards.
In 1972 they adopted a daughter, Mindi. She was sealed to them later that year in the Provo Temple.
Betty was always a hard worker and gave her time and energy to help others while serving in various callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and working with the Boise Girls Group Home, Casey Family Program, Resources for the Blind, Booth Memorial Home, CASI Foundation for Children & New Beginnings. As a licensed social worker she wrote many home studies that helped families adopt children of their own. Throughout her life her love and devotion to those she helped brought her joy and happiness. Betty was truly a credit to her profession.
She loved to read and was in the process of re-reading the Harry Potter series before her passing. She loved cats, especially Siamese and she completed well over 300 puzzles. She always thought of others before herself and was very generous to those around her. She has many friends that were also a great part of her extended family
She is survived by Husband, J. Mark Griffin. Daughter, Mindi Gowers (Ben). Grandchildren, Brandyn Pierce (Katharine), B. James Gowers-Marden (Joshua), Braden Gowers, Bryttni Pierce, Caitlyn Gowers, Bryson Gowers, Brylie Pierce, Camille Gowers. Great-Grandson, Parker Marden. Sisters, Debra Peterson (Rick) and Laura Brooks (Mike). Sister-in-law, Sylvia Griffin. 1 niece, 9 nephews and many other extended family and friends.
Betty’s influence will be missed greatly by all that knew her.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her name to:
A New Beginning Adoption Agency
8660 W. Emerald Street, Suite 142
Boise, Idaho 83704
Please write “Donation in Memory of Betty Griffin” in the memo area of your check.