Della Marie Griffin
Della Marie Griffin, 76, of Durango, passed away April 30, 2008, in Grand Junction. She was born April 27, 1932, in Silt, to Clarence and Vera Ukele. She graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and attended Mesa College in Grand Junction. She married Bill Griffin on Feb.1, 1953, at the First Congregational Church in Grand Junction. They lived in the Denver area until 1970, when they moved to Durango. Della was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening her entire adult life. Her flowers were her pride and joy. She was known as the Flaky Flower Lady at the Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, because she supplied the flowers for the club’s golf functions for the last 30 years. She loved bowling and had been an avid golfer since the 1970s. She had three hole-in-ones at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Durango, celebrating her first in 1976. She served on the board of directors at the club and held several offices in the women’s club. Survivors include daughter Cindera L. Haas of Denver; son Richard (Marilyn) Griffin of Grand Junction; granddaughters Jimmi (Louis) Shiers of Severance, and Cherie Griffin of Corpus Christi, Texas; great-grandsons Trevor and Ethan Shiers; sisters Ruth Pittenger of Grand Junction, Mary Jane Propernick of Buena Vista and Anna Lloyd of Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brother Arthur Ukele of Clifton died on May 11.She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Mark and John Ukele; and sisters Effie Ukele and Catherine Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Grand Valley Senior Daybreak, 599- 30 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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