Tommye Griggs | June 16, 1918 - June 18, 2013

Woman valued helping others

2013-08-05T00:05:00Z Woman valued helping othersCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 05, 2013 12:05 am  • 

Tommye Griggs was a kind, friendly woman who impressed everyone with her unfailing love and generous heart, said her daughter, Allison Pera.

“She made a great impression on whoever she met because of her wanting to know about them and their families,” she said. “She made everyone feel good by her caring nature.”

Tommye Griggs, 95, of Hobart and formerly of Merrillville, died June 18. She was a member of United Methodist Women and PEO.

She is survived by Wilbern R. Griggs, her husband of almost 72 years. Griggs was proud of the fact she was a 39-year breast cancer survivor, her daughter said.

Pera said her mother enjoyed being a part of her Methodist church, and believed it was important to support the church and its causes. She also believed in the work PEO did, raising money for scholarships.

She also volunteered for Tradewinds and Methodist Hospitals.

“Hers was a life of volunteering and service to others,” her daughter said.

Griggs always put her children first, and was involved in schools as well as a Girl Scout Leader, camp nurse and PTA officer.

“She always made sure her kids and their friends go to all their school events and other activities,” she said.

She loved gardening, and enjoyed quilting and cross-stitching.

“My Mom had the most beautiful garden in the neighborhood,” she said. “Each of her children and grandchildren have a beautiful sampler that she cross-stitched.”

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