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Barbara Jane (Lilja) Griffin

August 14, 1929 ~ July 13, 2019 (age 89)

Barbara Griffin Obituary

Barbara Jane Griffin (Lilja), 89 of Crystal, MN passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Neilson Place in Bemidji, MN.  Barb was born on August 14th, 1929 in Larimore, ND to Albert and Hannah Lilja. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 26th 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 8701 36th Ave. N. in New Hope, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to mass at the church.  Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope, MN will follow after lunch.

Barbara grew up in the Arvilla and Larimore, ND area where she attended a one room school house, and then graduated from Larimore High School. She attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, with her emphasis in Social Work, and was an active member of the Tri Delta sorority.

Barb married the love of her life, James Griffin, also from Larimore, on September 9, 1950.  Barb was a devoted wife and mother.  She spent many years making a home wherever they moved, raising a family and making lasting friendships along the way.  They planted their roots in Crystal, MN, where Barb was involved with 4H, the Welcome Wagon, PTA and especially with her church family at St. Joseph’s Parish in New Hope.  Neighbors became good friends that she cherished spending time with. 

For 25 years, Barb worked at Hosterman Jr. High. She held many positions throughout her years there, and thrived as a para-professional working with special need students.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, playing bridge, entertaining, doing the daily crossword and spending time with family and friends.  After retirement, Barb and Jim became snowbirds and spent the winter months in Florida at Seaside Villas.  She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren deeply, singing songs with them, and always generous with her snuggles.

Barb lived a full life and will be missed greatly by those who knew her and loved her.  We celebrate her love of the Lord, along with the hope and joy she found in Him. We will miss her quick wit and cheeky comments, her twinkling blue eyes, and her kind heart.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, James Griffin, her parents Albert and Hannah Lilja, and her sister Marion Hofer. She is lovingly remembered by her children: Patty (Larry) Gavin, Faribault, MN; Doug (Mari) Griffin, Minneapolis, MN; David Griffin, Minneapolis, MN; Mary (Joe) Hawkinson, Amery, WI; Beth (Jon) Andersen, Walker, MN; her grandchildren: Fergus (Karla Jager); Zac Cracknell; Jennifer (Adam) Regier; Abigail (Drew) Czyscon and Jared Andersen;  great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the amazing care Barb and her family received while at May Creek Memory Cottages, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Neilson Place, Bemidji , MN.  Family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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