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Elizabeth J Griffith

September 13, 1935 ~ March 2, 2022 (age 86)

Obituary

Elizabeth Jeanne Therese Griffith was born in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on September 13th, 1935. She grew up loving adventure and her Catholic faith. When she was 19, she heard a calling from God to serve him as a nun in Africa. This was surprising, as she had just graduated from high school where she had been a socialite and cheerleader. She joyfully joined the White Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and was sent to college in England, furthered her training and learned French in Algeria and Malta, and was then sent to Ghana, Africa, as a missionary teacher. Sixteen years later, after many treasured years teaching high school in Navrongo, and although she loved her vocation as a religious sister, God asked her to leave religious life. Reluctantly, she sought counsel from her superiors, who, after much prayer, sent her to the motherhouse in Rome. The superior of her order discerned that she was being called by God to leave religious life, and so Elizabeth received a dispensation from her vows and returned to the United States in time for Christmas with her mother and sister, albeit with a somewhat heavy heart.

A year later she met and married James Griffith, moved to Alaska, and in 1970 had a baby girl, Christina. After enjoying life in Alaska for 8 years, they moved to Canada, and finally to Bellingham, Washington, where Jim continued his log home business. Elizabeth and her husband separated in 1992, but later that year she had the joy of seeing her daughter, Christina, married to Terrence St. Hilaire. She spent many interesting years with them in California, Georgia, Maine, Rome and finally Nebraska, which she loved most of all. Elizabeth, a gifted teacher, was well qualified to help home school Terry and Christina’s children, which she faithfully did for 25 years. Elizabeth taught each of her grandchildren to read and write, play the piano, sing, draw, and paint. She taught them mathematics, Latin and Spanish, gave them an appreciation for poetry and Shakespeare, and most importantly, imparted to them her great love for God. She was a truly devoted mother and grandmother who was proud of each of her grandchildren, and was especially grateful to be present last summer at the wedding of her first grandchild, David, in spite of her advancing cancer.

In Dwight, Nebraska, Elizabeth loved living close to the church, where she spent many hours praying for her family and friends, and just being with Jesus. She enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, and writing poetry. She was a gifted artist, and loved watching Columbo, Monk and classic movies. No one that met Elizabeth ever escaped without being exhorted to trust God for everything in their lives. She inspired many to live a life of “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence”, which is the title of the little book she often gave to those she met. She lived this trustful surrender right up to her death, never complaining about her trials. She was fiercely devoted to the Divine Mercy and the Holy Face of Jesus, and handed out many images of the Shroud of Turin.

Elizabeth longed to see God “face to face”, often talking about the unimaginable beauty of heaven, and encouraging others to think about it. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her family and many others, but those who knew her well are also rejoicing, knowing that her heart’s greatest desire has been satisfied.

“But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.” Psalm 17:15

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Christina St. Hilaire, and spouse, Terrence St. Hilaire; her grandchildren, David St. Hilaire and his spouse, Emma St. Hilaire; John Paul St. Hilaire, Daniel St. Hilaire, Mary St. Hilaire and her fiancé, Michael Biegler, and Theodore St. Hilaire; her sister, Judi Day; brother, Michael Roselle; nephews, Ken Day, Neal Day, Alan Day, Dan Day, and Jason Roselle; niece, Kelly Wolff; beloved great nieces and nephews, cousins, and step-children.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Genevieve Worden and Kenneth Brauns, step-father, Harry Roselle, her brother, Roger Roselle, and her husband, James Griffith.

Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.

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Services

Recitation of the Rosary
Saturday
March 5, 2022

10:00 AM
Assumption Catholic Church
336 Pine Street
Dwight, NE 68635

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
March 5, 2022

10:30 AM
Assumption Catholic Church
336 Pine Street
Dwight, NE 68635

Donations

To the family for future designation

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