Lois C. Griffin, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Zephyrhills, Florida.
She was a lifelong resident of Syracuse, New York, until the last year, when she relocated to Florida to be closer to her sister. Lois led a full life, despite having serious health problems (including cancer) in high school that prevented her from attending school fulltime at Syracuse Central High. She began work at Carrier Corporation following her graduation from high school in 1952, starting as a mail clerk and working her way up to an executive secretary, a position she held the rest of her career until she retired 47 years lat
She was an enthusiastic aunt to her nephew and nieces, and also later to her grandniece and grand nephews, always faithfully participating in family celebrations of Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and Fourth of July picnics! She was a loyal friend, maintaining life-long ties to a close group of girlfriends, through Bunco parties, casino trips, walks along the canal and in malls, and regular breakfast get-togethers. She also was an excellent bowler and bowled in leagues for decades, winning numerous awards and trophies.
She was an avid traveler and went on many trips, including to the Canary Islands and Europe. Her last trip was a cruise to the Holy Land in 2011 with her sister. She loved classic movies, playing games, and putting together complicated jigsaw puzzles.
Lois always faced life with composure. Despite her numerous health setbacks, she never complained. She maintained a positive, "can do" attitude of not feeling sorry for herself and never looking back. One example of her perseverance was her earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1991, at the age of 56, after many years of going to classes at night and on weekends.
She is predeceased by her father John (1962) and her mother Edith (2010), whom she took care of for many years. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Howman (Norman, deceased), her nephew, Gary Howman (Shelly), her nieces, Sherry Chriss (Richard) and Susan Glenister (Leland), her grandniece, Sarah Glenister, and her grandnephews, Nathan Glenister, Thomas Glenister, Greg Howman, and Geoff Howman.
Funeral services will be Friday, February 16, at 11 am at the Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. A calling hour will be held from 10-11 am, prior to the service. Interment will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, DeWitt.