Barnett GriffinJune 12, 1926 - April 15, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Jesus has taken Kitty's hand and led her home. Kitty was born in Greenville, Mississippi to Emmett P. and Hazel (Jacob) McMillan. She spent her childhood "down south" with brother Emmett Jr. and sisters Milly and Hazel. She graduated from Greenville High in 1944. The first day on her job at Greenville Air Base she met Frank Barnett Jr., a paratrooper. Family legend is that Frank wrote home that night that he had met the woman he was going to marry. They were married August 24, 1944. After the war they moved to Oklahoma City. Kitty was a stay at home mom who "worked hard" to create a wonderful life for Frank and their two daughters, Cathy and Debbie. Kitty was active in the Cleveland Neighborhood Assoc. and was a Bluebird and Campfire Leader, PTA Officer, and birthday planner extraordinaire. Kitty and Frank loved to spend their time together and with their girls. Most nights Kitty was sitting on Frank's lap as they read the paper together. After Frank's sudden death in 1979 at age 53, Kitty bravely entered the workforce in 1980 and became a representative for Fiber-Seal of Oklahoma and then owner of Fiber Seal of Nashville which she operated with her sister Milly. She was a member of and enjoyed the Successful Businesswoman's Assoc. At 67 Kitty fell in love again and married Col. Joseph Griffin on April 23, 1994. They moved to Epworth Villa. They participated in all the Epworth activities; traveled the USA and Europe; went on church mission trips to Mexico; and enjoyed time with their grandsons and their blended families. Kitty and Joe were known to break into dance together whenever music started to play. Joe died in 2009. Kitty was a Christian and May Avenue Methodist Church (now Cornerstone) was a central part of her life for over 60 years. She taught Sunday School, was a youth sponsor, and said she had served on "almost every committee at the church". Whenever Kitty was asked how she was doing her response was always "I'm doing the best I can". And she was. Kitty lived her faith; loved and was loved back by two great men, her two daughters and step-son; Kitty cherished her three grandsons; and celebrated her extended family (both hers and Joe's). Kitty was preceded in death by both husbands and her siblings. Left with happy memories are daughters Cathy (Tom) Connelly and Debbie (Craig) Dawkins, and step-son Joe (Sherry) Griffin; grandsons Drew (Brittany) Dawkins, Matthew Dawkins (fiance Lindsay Ward), and Dylan Griffin. The family is grateful to the kind, caring staff of both Epworth Villa Assisted Living and Yukon Visiting Angels. Viewing will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home on April 20th noon to 8pm. Service will be at 2pm Friday, April 21st, at Cornerstone UMC, 2604 N. May, Okla. City. Memorial donations may be made to Children's Fund Cornerstone UMC.
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