Brenda Griffith

Brenda Kaye Griffith, age 76 of Belle, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Frene Valley Healthcare in Owensville, surrounded by her loving family and friends. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1942, near Bland, to Lowell and Georgia (Pointer) Terrill.

Brenda attended the Bland schools and was a member of the Bland High School class of 1960.

She was united in marriage to Gary L. Griffith, Jan. 21, 1963. He survives at their home near Belle.

Gary and Brenda owned and operated Gary’s Bar in Belle for several years before moving to Jefferson City where she was employed out of the Laborer’s Local # 662. She worked many construction jobs before going into the office of Secretary at Laborer’s Local # 662. She retired from that position in 2001.

Brenda enjoyed turkey and deer hunting, as well as hunting mushrooms in the spring and fall. She loved being outdoors. After retiring, and moving back to their farm near Belle, she became the “farmers wife”.

She enjoyed helping Gary with the hay, cattle and whatever needed to be done. She loved visiting with her family, friends and neighbors and playing Bingo. Brenda enjoyed traveling and vacations with Gary and family, but best of all attending the State Fair in Sedalia every year for the week.

She was baptized and a member of the Bland Baptist Church. After moving back to their farm, she attended College Hill Baptist Church.  

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Gary; two sons, Kelly Griffith and Kent Griffith, both of Belle; two grandsons, Tyler Griffith and Trevor Griffith, both of Belle; five granddaughters, Daris Griffith and fiancé Ryan Davis of Argyle, Paige Griffith of Henley, Maggie Griffith of California, Lacy Griffith and fiancé E.J. Lynch of Jefferson City, Tommi Kaye Jett (Jeremy Paige) of Joliet, Ill.; eight great grandsons, Cohen, Gage, Bentley, Peyton, Honor, Gavin, Zion and Tyren; four great granddaughters, Briley, Kenleigh, Adrianne and Makhia; two sisters, Shirley Ulrich of Eureka and Darlene (Dot) Abboud of Bridgeport, Texas; and a special “sister”, Brenda Rakestraw of Belle, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by parents Lowell and Georgia (Pointer) Terrill; one son, Kurtis Griffith; three sisters and five brothers-in-law, Norman Dean (Don) Crider, Ragene (Gene) Vaughan, Mary Lou (Linden) Biehl, Arnold Ulrich, and Matthew Abboud.    

Visitation was held Sunday, March 31, at Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle from 3-6 p.m. 

Funeral services were Monday, April 1, at First Baptist Church in Belle beginning at 10 a.m. with Robert Trigo officiating. Interment was in the Countryside Memorial Gardens near Bland. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Baptist Church in Belle. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Sassmann’s Chapel, Belle.

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