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Barbara Griffis

April 1, 1942 — February 24, 2014


Barbara M. Griffis, age 71, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 24, 2014 at her home.

Barbara was born April 1, 1942 in Rockford, IL, a daughter of Luke and Mary Bondick McDonnell.

She married Norman C. Griffis on June 7, 1969 in Oregon, IL. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2006 following 37 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons, Kenny (Diann) Griffis of Winnebago, IL, and Luke "Ted" Griffis I of Denmark, IA; two daughters, Debbie (Lindy) Tripp of New Milford, IL and Wende Griffis Ciaccio of Rockford, IL; nine grandchildren: Melissa Griffis, Tyler Griffis, Luke (Jaime) Griffis II, Cheyenne Griffis, Caity Griffis, Jayson Tripp, Erin Tripp (Ryan), Natasha Ciaccio (Nathan) and Anthony Ciaccio; seven great grandchildren: Shawn Steward, Luke Griffis III, Aubrey Mendonca, Maddy Tripp, Jaylin Tripp, Taylor Cargill and Carson Ramirez; former daughter-in-law, Aleta Griffis Shinkle, of Luray, MO, who has remained a very important part of her life; one brother, Thomas (Carroll) McDonnell of Thayer, MO; one sister Carol (Alan) Pace of Rockford, IL; dear friends, Lucille Lyon, Kay Lyon, and Donna Washburn, all of Kahoka, and Rhonda Marsden of Wyaconda, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a son, Art Griffis; a grandson, Ben Tripp; and a son-in-law, Raymond Ciaccio.

Barbara grew up and graduated from high school in the Rockford area. Together with their children, Norm and Barb owned and operated Rockford Auto Sales for twelve years, closing it in 1987. They moved to Missouri twenty-eight years ago where Norm had family, and to enjoy their retirement in an area where he could hunt and fish. Barb was a stay-at-home mom most of her life, but in later years worked for Mac's Super Saver and Clark Co. Tax Service.

Barb loved crafting, cooking, baking, shopping, and collecting angels. Friendships were something she held very dear. Treasured by her was spending time with and caring for her grandkids.

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Rockford.

Visitation was held from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to the American Cancer Society (for the Clark Co. Relay for Life.)

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