Louise Griggs

OKOLONA – Ruby Louise Finn Griggs, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born in Chickasaw County on Nov. 30, 1925, to William R. and Zue Ella Long Finn. A lifelong resident of Chickasaw County, she was a retired seamstress for Delta Trousers. She was a member of the Carnation Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a joyful lady who always approached life optimistically. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her Mamaw, was known far and wide for her biscuits and chocolate pies, loved word find puzzles, reading her Bible and following the pursuits of her grands.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dr. Wallace Cason III officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her son, Gary Griggs (Pam); her daughter, Joanie Griggs Word (Herbert), all of the Okolona area; nine grandchildren, Mandy Crane (Joey), Tom Griggs (Amanda), Lacy Lockhart (Andy), Branan Griggs (Missy), Jay Griggs (Keri), Scott Word (Ellie), Trey Word (Julie), Kathryn Pennebaker (Bo) and Mary Harris (Anthony); 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas (Tom) Griggs, who died in l998; her son, Larry Griggs in 2005; and her siblings, T.A., Henry, J.W. and W.R. Finn.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Trey, Branan, Jay, Tom and Phillip and Harold Jolly.

Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 148 CR 137, Okolona, Miss. 38860.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.