Eva Dean Garrish Griffin


Eva Dean Garrish Griffin, longtime resident of Garland, 91, passed away Jan. 28, 2013, in Granbury.

Born May 26, 1921, in Newburg, New York, first daughter of the late Ralph B. and Jessie Prince Garrish.

Eva graduated from Garland High School in 1938 and from TWU in 1941. She married her high school sweetheart, Gene Griffin, December 27, 1941.

Shortly after their marriage at the beginning of WWII, Eva followed Gene, who had enlisted in the U.S. Army, to Charleston and then Seattle. She worked for the Department of the Navy in the shipyards. When her husband shipped out for the Pacific Theater, Eva returned to teaching in Texas and New Mexico.

Eva retired from Dallas ISD after 35 years of service.

After her retirement, Eva spent many years as a devoted caregiver to her husband, mother, two aunts and two uncles.

Eva enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, fashion and oil painting. She loved teaching Ladies’ Bible Classes and the company of her dear friends at Northeast Church.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters.

Eva is survived by: Daughters, Ann Mayo and husband, Larry, of Granbury, Sally Terrell and husband, Steve, of Allen; grandchildren Todd Mayo, Gene Mayo, Stephanie Terrell, and Aaron Terrell, and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services: 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.