Margaret Griffin


Services at the graveside for Mrs. Margaret Mason Masters Griffin, 98, of Kilgore, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, in the Kilgore City Cemetery with Rev. David Hampton officiating. Mrs. Griffin completed her earthly journey on Friday, December 1, 2017, in Ft. Worth.

Margaret was born on January 12, 1919, in Greenville to B.E. and Carrie Mason Masters. The family lived in Paris and Amarillo before settling in Kilgore in 1935. It was in Kilgore High School that she met Dickson Leon Griffin, her future husband. Margaret attended Kilgore College and Baylor University.

Margaret and Dick married on December 21, 1941, two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Except for the time that he was serving in the United States Army, Margaret and Dick resided in Kilgore for 62 years of married life. In 2012, she moved to Brookdale Westover and recently Clare Bridge where she lived until her passing. Margaret taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church in Kilgore for many years and was a member of the Samuel Paul Dinkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was knowledgeable of and collected antiques, enjoyed traveling and decorating. Margaret also loved spending time in her yard and taking care of her family pets.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, daughters and a son-in-law, Susan and Weir Wilson of Fort Worth, Mandy Griffin of Fort Worth; sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Verlyn Griffin of Fort Worth, Earl and Rocky Griffin of Lake Cherokee; grandchildren, Walker Wilson, Carrie Wilson, D.L. Griffin III, Aaron Griffin, Alexa Griffin; eight great-grandchildren, and a cousin, Carolyn Downs.

Preceding her death are her husband, Dick; grandson, Earl Griffin Jr. (Matt); her parents, and her soulmate and friend, Bart Crowley.

The family owes special thanks to Gerald Zenick, Margaret’s exercise instructor, for his dedication and friendship, and to Angie Ramos for her dedicated care of Margaret.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662 or to the charity of your choice.

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