Frances Ann Griffith Rogers, 69, our loving wife, mother, and grandmother returned to her Heavenly Father on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She lived a life of faith, grace, beauty, service, and dignity.
Frances Ann was born Aug. 21, 1944 in the little Kennecott Hospital in Ray, Arizona. She was the fourth child and first daughter of Byron and Muriel Griffith. Her brothers are Ron, Dare, and Bruce. Her sisters are Shauna and Renée. Her parents and Ron have preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, of South Jordan, Utah; her son, Marc and his wife, Allyson, and their children Chandler, Carlie, Caleb, Rachel, and Kierstyn of Gig Harbor, Washington; her son, Lance and his wife, Louise, and their daughter, Lillie of Sandy, Utah. She was preceded in death by her son Jared and daughter Mary Lavinia.
Frances Ann grew up in Hayden and graduated from Hayden High School in 1962. She was in Pep Club, Girls’ Athletic Association, Future Homemakers of America, Chorus, Triple Trio, and on the Annual Staff. She attended Brigham Young University, Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University), and The University of Arizona, graduating in 1969. She was a member of The Omega Chapter of Lambda Delta Sigma. Frances Ann taught at Sewell Elementary School in Tucson. Later she managed The Griffith Mortuary and Superior Funeral Home, serving so many families of the Copper Basin.
Francie was intellectually curious and was never without a book – or two – or three. She particularly loved The Scriptures and studied them daily. She was well traveled and enjoyed trips with her parents and siblings and later her husband and children. She celebrated her twenty-first birthday in Nepal, was engaged in Amsterdam, rode camels around the pyramids, and waded in the Sea of Galilee. She loved sitting in her swing in her back yard in Kearny and watching the birds – especially the cardinals – her favorite. She loved music and dancing. She loved cars and driving – her Pontiac Firebird was a favorite. She loved clothes and fashion and considered being a buyer for a large department store. She loved James Bond and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. She started many Griffith Family Traditions including The Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant held in her parents’ living room in Kearny and making beautiful gingerbread houses. She loved peace and quiet and beauty.
Frances Ann created a home that was a sanctuary from the world. Her boys, Marc and Lance, were the center of her universe and she loved them move than life. She was there for every project, event, or challenge. Allyson and Louise completed her family. They were never in-laws – they were her daughters. She held “Grandma Camp,” during summer vacations and built exploding volcanoes and did crafts and swam in the pool. She was especially fond of puzzles. This extraordinary love was shared with her nieces and nephews and even their children. Her love, compassion, and support were always freely given. She was always loved and admired by all.
Frances Ann found great joy in serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She taught early morning seminary and served for many years as Primary President in Kearny and Superior. She worked on her family history and projects to preserve her family’s history and to bring the family closer together. She loved Jesus Christ and His Gospel. It was the blueprint for her life. She lived completely and honestly without regret. She was an example of goodness to all who had the privilege of knowing her. We are better for having had her in our lives.
Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kearny. Frances would want each of you to know you are welcome to attend this celebration of a life well lived.