In memory of
Greta Gray Griffin Jones
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In memory of
Greta Gray Griffin Jones
Greta Gray Griffin Jones Cocoa Beach March 15, 1933  - October 11, 2016   Greta Gray Griffin Jones, 83, passed away on October 11, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Mullens, W. Va., to the late Lila Gray and Marion Edward Griffin.  Growing up there with her twin sister, the late Marion Elizabeth Wilson, Greta made life-long friends whom she dearly cherished.   Greta attended Radford College in Virginia, and on a blind date, she met David Albert Jones, who was attending VPI (now Virginia Tech.).  They married in 1953, and were devoted, adoring best friends for 63 years.  They settled in Cocoa Beach in 1961 so that Dave could work for the space program.  Greta was a mother and homemaker, and very active in Riverside Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, women's circle member, sang lovely alto in the choir, and taught Vacation Bible School.  She had fond memories of the year she taught pre-school at the Cocoa Beach Baptist Church school.   Greta will be remembered for her kindness, her indestructible humor, her ability to tell great stories, her listening ear and her warmth.  She embodied joy, and saw the good in everyone.  There was always laughter around her table.  She never met a stranger, and welcomed friends into her home as if they were family.  She loved being a grandmother, and filled her grandchildren's lives with magic and fun.  In children, she found natures that mirrored her own childish wonder and delight, which she never lost.  She was the mom who got stuck under the bathroom sink playing hide-and-seek with you, and the grandmother with a closet full of games, who would play tiddlywinks or Chinese Checkers for hours.  Always putting others first, she made the world a better place every day of her life.  She lived by these lines from a favorite poem: "Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone:  Kindness in another's troubles, Courage in your own."   She had passions for poetry, and for family photography and family history, and she painstakingly and creatively filled "Roots" albums for all of her immediate and extended family.  Family photos and photo collages cover the walls in her home.  She loved her family and tried to hold on to every special moment.   Greta is survived by her husband, David Jones; daughters Linda Perez and husband Mike, Rebecca Burns and husband Steve, and Patricia Steinfeld and husband Laurence; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren (with a 3rd due in December); and nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she held dear.    A memorial service will be held at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach on October 29 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the beauty of her life, and the glory she has found.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Greta's honor to help children, through Family Promise of Brevard, Samaritan's Purse, Back2back Ministries, The Porch Light, or The Lifeboat Project.  The Riverside Presbyterian Church office can provide more information. You may sign Greta's guest book at www.beckman  
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