Jacqueline Jones Griffith, 84, of Peachtree City, Ga. (formerly of Weston, Mass.), passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Jacqueline, known to her family and friends as “Jackie,” was born on Thursday, April 9, 1936 to mother Ella Davies Jones and father Thomas David Jones in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Cromwell Wayne Grifﬁth, and sisters Carol Jean Jones and Bonnie Jones Friedman. She is survived by her brother Thomas Davies Jones and sister-in-law Deanna Grietzer Jones.
Jackie met Wayne at the movie theater she worked at while they both attended Kingston (Pa.) High School. She later attended Wilkes College, where her beauty grabbed newspaper headlines as Homecoming Queen. Jackie and Wayne also resided in Union, N.J., Palatine, Ill., Camp Hill, Pa., and Westport, Conn. before settling in Weston for nearly 40 years.
They raised four children; sons Doug Grifﬁth and Dwight Grifﬁth and daughters Laurel (Grifﬁth) Coolbaugh and Beverly (Grifﬁth) Farina. As Wayne supported the family working overseas, Jackie did the heavy lifting of raising a family at home stateside. A thoroughly loving mother, her kids knew not to misbehave or else “your name will be mud” — or worse, she would “knock your block off” — something she and her children would laugh about together many years later.
She came to know the Lord Jesus when she was 12, and two of her children went on to become pastors. Jackie enjoyed a good belly laugh with her family. There was nothing more important to Jackie than having her family together. She loved to learn and was an avid reader. She liked solving New York Times crossword puzzles and had a deep appreciation of vocal music. She enjoyed lemon-ﬂavored sweets, vanilla ice cream, and Welsh cookies. She loved her dogs Poopsie, Frau, and especially black lab Beauty.
Jackie will be remembered as the proud matriarch of her adored family. She loved her daughters-in-law Cindy Grifﬁth, Ashley Grifﬁth and Liza Danforth and sons-in-law Bill Coolbaugh and John Farina as if they were her own. She was also a wonderful grandmother to Katie, Mary, Luke, Gethin, Thomas, Jack, and Matthew and great-grandmother to Elle, Foster, Jude, and Calvin.
Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. A private interment will be held in Weston, Mass. Donations can be made in memory of Jackie Grifﬁth can be made to the Benevolence Ministries of Carriagelanepres.org or sanctuaryatwoodville.org, or the Cerebral Palsy non-proﬁt of your choice.