Donna Michelle Griffith |

Donna Michelle Griffith

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Donna Michelle Griffith, age 33, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the city of Hawthorne, in California. Donna was born on March 22, 1977, in Harbor City, California and spent most of her life in the southern California area. She was recently employed by ProgressRail on Terminal Island in San Pedro, but spent an equal amount of time actively pursuing her passions. She was a County-certified welder, and was attending community college courses to obtain a degree in electrical engineering.

In her spare time, Donna volunteered for the Neighborhood Action Council Native American Circle (NACNAC), and was actively involved with the Southern California Indian Center. She embraced her Navajo heritage with her daughter, Michelle, and they were engaged in various cultural activities together, including Fancy Shawl Dancing, beadwork, and volunteer work at local Pow Wows.

She shared the love of her heritage with Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, California, where her daughter was a Freshman. She helped students there obtain college credits by connecting them with volunteer opportunities in various organizations.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Michelle Desiree Sanchez; her companion of 17 years, Johnny James Sanchez; her mother and step-father, Mary Josephine and Kippert Wheeler; her father and step-mother, Jimmie and Angel Griffith; ; her sister, Cheryl L. Griffith; two nephews, Johnny R. Serrao and Joseph N. Serrao; step-brothers Michael and Dominic Martinez; her paternal grandmother, Jean Maude Griffith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by grandparents, Royce Elmer Griffith; Lillie Joan and John Guy Uskilith.

Services will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, April 12, 2010, in the Chapel at Green Hills Memorial Park. Her great-uncle, Rev. Arthur P. Bartlett will officiate. The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday evening, at Green Hills Mortuary.

Contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the Donna M. Griffith Memorial Fund.

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