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Veron Jesse Griffith

Vernon Jesse Griffith

Vernon Jesse Griffith of Fiesta Village, Mission, Texas and Morris, Minnesota, died Sunday March 9th, at Mission Rehab Center in Mission, Texas after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Vern was born in Marshfield, Vermont July 27, 1927 to Willie Dean and Sarah Reynolds Griffith. He graduated from Waitsfield High School in 1945 and went into the Marines. While as Great Lakes Naval Training Center, he met Laila Maki on a blind date and they were married December 7, 1946. Vern and Laila raised their family in Waukegan, Illinois. Working at (Jenkins & Boller) Camosy Construction Co., weekend family camping trips and being a Boy Scout leader kept him busy for many years. After becoming empty nester, they moved to Three Oaks, Michigan and traveled around the country in whatever "rig" they had at the time. While visiting friends in Mission, they discovered Fiesta Village and became "winter Texans" in 1983 until their deaths. So many wonderful friends filled their days with fun, dancing, and activities. On July 6, 2003, Laila passed away after a brief battle with cancer. At the urging of friends and family, Vern came back south the following winter. In 2004, Vern was "set up" by his friends and met Elaine Loehr, the second love of his life. Their life in Mission and Morris was filled with dancing, friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Laila, brothers: Jesse, Leon, Clayton, sisters: Christie, Lillian, and Doris.

Vern was a quiet, gentle, caring man who was always ready to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missing by Elaine, his children: Carol Douglas (Jake Davidson) of Alma, Michigan, Bill "Dean" Griffith (Bev) of La Porte, Indiana, and Vernon "David" Griffith (Mary) of Skieston, Montana, his grandchildren: Laila Griffith, Alex Griffith, Ellen (Mitch) Foley and great grandchildren Aiden and Wyatt, his special family in Minnesota: Mike and Judy Loehr and Cliff and Linda Hatlestad and all his friends around the country.

Memorial donations may be sent to your local hospice care organization or the National Parkinson's Foundation.