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Geraldine Gillies Griffin, 88, of American Fork, Utah, passed away on August 26, 2022 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Born July 13, 1934 to Claude and Naomi Gillies. Geraldine (Jerry) was born and raised in Salem, Utah, a town she never stopped loving. She convinced her children and grandchildren that the Meadowlark sings “Salem is a pretty little town.”

Jerry married Robert Christiansen in 1952, during their marriage they had two children, Roylen and Shelly. They then divorced. On May 5, 1961, she married Stanley Hatch Griffin; their marriage was later solemnized at the Salt Lake LDS Temple on November 11, 1963. During their marriage, they adopted Denise, Stan’s niece, and raised their children in American Fork where they resided for the next 56 years. .

She loved life and was very active in travel, golf, bowling, sewing, camping, boating and water skiing. Jerry enjoyed entertaining and getting together with his family and friends. She never met a stranger and made friends wherever she went. Her family was the center of her life and her greatest joy, she loved bringing them together and directing them in skits and talent shows. She spent decades researching her family history and recording her genealogy. She was also very involved with the Utah chapter of the Good Sam’s Club and coordinated many special events for them.

She was a hard worker and worked to help support her family. She served as an Information Specialist with the US Forest Service in the Uinta District for over 22 years and was known as “The Voice with a Smile”. Her love of the outdoors made it a perfect job for her.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings during her life. Her favorites were the camp director and the young women’s president. In her later years, she and her husband Stan served two LDS missions. Johannesburg, South Africa in 1994 and Nuku’alofa, Tonga in 2001. She touched many lives during her years of service in the Church.

She is back with her sweetheart who predeceased her in April this year.

Please join us in honoring Jerry by befriending a stranger, taking this trip, and always, “Smile People”!

Survivors include her children: Roylen (Karen) Griffin of Blanding Utah, Shelly (Thomas) Bird of Price Utah, Denise Winget of Novato California and her stepchildren Jerry (Veniece) Griffin of Missouri City, Texas, Jackie (Darwin) Dirks of St George, Utah, John (Jolene) Griffin of Mesa, Arizona, Jim (Karen) Griffin of Maricopa, Arizona, 32 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and his brothers and sisters Roger Gillies (Tina) and Susan Cornell (Ralph). Funeral services will be Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 12th Ward, 680 East 300 North American Fork. A visitation will take place at the church before the services from 9:45 to 10:45. Interment will be in Salem Municipal Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dignity Hospice for the loving care shown to Jerry and the family, especially Sharon and Markay. We love you guys!

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