In memory of
Myrthle Böös Griffin
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In memory of
Myrthle Böös Griffin
Myrthle Böös Griffin 1938 - 2019 On this first Sunday of Advent, we sadly announce the passing of our beloved mother, Myrthle Gunilla Böös Griffin who was born in 1938 in Ängelholm, Sweden, to Gustav and Ester Böös, and passed away Nov. 11, 2019. She was one of five sisters raised on a farm in Southern Sweden, learning a work ethic she carried with her the rest of her life. Her indomitable spirit led her to immigrate to the USA in 1955 to live with family in Iowa. In 1959, she moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a secretary. She soon met a charming world-renowned actuary named Frank Griffin. They married in 1960 and welcomed two sons and a daughter in quick succession. Myrthle was a deeply devoted mother and took great joy in her children's successes. She pursued the career of mother with steadfast dedication and unwavering love. A tireless volunteer, The Oregonian's Sara Perry once wrote in 1992, "One of Portland's leading volunteers, Myrthle Griffin brings an intuitive grace and wisdom to each of her civic activities." "With volunteering, you certainly receive far more than you give," says Griffin. She volunteered in many capacities from her children's classrooms to the Alzheimer's Association to the Portland Art Museum. Myrthle was gifted with the talents of gardening, sewing and entertaining. Her home was often referred to as "the rose house" and many a passerby stopped to admire her roses. She was described by most as a lively conversationalist and never lacked for a story about her Swedish upbringing, the latest book she was reading, a trip she had taken, among many other topics. Myrthle was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Loxley Griffin, Jr.; her son, John Loxley Griffin; her parents, Gustav and Ester Böös; and her sisters, Sonja Magnusson, Zoli Ekberg and Odessa Norden. She is survived by her son, Christopher Griffin of Portland; daughter, Peggy Griffin of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Mona Axelsson of Västerås, Sweden; stepdaughter, Barbara Dan; three granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; many cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Vila i frid, kära mamma. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Myrthle Böös Griffin
Myrthle Böös Griffin 1938 - 2019 On this first Sunday of Advent, we sadly announce the passing of our beloved mother, Myrthle Gunilla Böös Griffin who was born in 1938 in Ängelholm, Sweden, to Gustav and Ester Böös, and passed away Nov. 11, 2019. She was one of five sisters raised on a farm in Southern Sweden, learning a work ethic she carried with her the rest of her life. Her indomitable spirit led her to immigrate to the USA in 1955 to live with family in Iowa. In 1959, she moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a secretary. She soon met a charming world-renowned actuary named Frank Griffin. They married in 1960 and welcomed two sons and a daughter in quick succession. Myrthle was a deeply devoted mother and took great joy in her children's successes. She pursued the career of mother with steadfast dedication and unwavering love. A tireless volunteer, The Oregonian's Sara Perry once wrote in 1992, "One of Portland's leading volunteers, Myrthle Griffin brings an intuitive grace and wisdom to each of her civic activities." "With volunteering, you certainly receive far more than you give," says Griffin. She volunteered in many capacities from her children's classrooms to the Alzheimer's Association to the Portland Art Museum. Myrthle was gifted with the talents of gardening, sewing and entertaining. Her home was often referred to as "the rose house" and many a passerby stopped to admire her roses. She was described by most as a lively conversationalist and never lacked for a story about her Swedish upbringing, the latest book she was reading, a trip she had taken, among many other topics. Myrthle was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Loxley Griffin, Jr.; her son, John Loxley Griffin; her parents, Gustav and Ester Böös; and her sisters, Sonja Magnusson, Zoli Ekberg and Odessa Norden. She is survived by her son, Christopher Griffin of Portland; daughter, Peggy Griffin of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Mona Axelsson of Västerås, Sweden; stepdaughter, Barbara Dan; three granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; many cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Vila i frid, kära mamma. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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