Obituary — Velma Aline Griffis |

Obituary — Velma Aline Griffis


Funeral services will take place Saturday, May 4 for Velma Aline Griffis, who died May 2, 2002, following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 68.

Mrs. Griffis was born Sept. 29, 1933, in Oklahoma. She met her husband, Domenic “Doc” Griffis, in San Jose, Calif., 54 years ago and they moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1959. They had vacationed at the lake and decided that the Tahoe mountains would be the best place to raise their four children. She and her husband opened Tahoe Valley Machine Works in the early 1960s. She enjoyed visiting the ocean as often as she could, gardening, fishing with her husband and the weekly Sunday family dinners.

Mrs. Griffis’ passion in life was her family. There was nothing more important to her than being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family believes the quality and fullness of one’s life is not measured in length, but in the love and examples they leave those they have left behind. They feel grateful and blessed to have been graced with her presence in their lives. As the heart and strong shoulder of all whose lives she touched, Mrs. Griffis will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Domenic “Doc” Griffis; sons, Domenic “Don” Griffis and Michael Lee Griffis; daughters, Colleen Marie Monrean and Star Lynn Poell; sister, Lanora Rodericks; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with another on the way; and many loved ones within and beyond the immediate family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. with rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the McFarlane Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, followed by interment at Happy Homestead Cemetery.

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