Memorial services for Billie Jeanne Griffin, age 94, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Chickasha with Reverend Doctor Pat Kennedy officiating.
Billie Jeanne Trammell Griffin was born May 14, 1927 the daughter of Clark Wylie and Willie Mae Ramsey Trammell in their home in Chickasha, OK. She passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Chickasha.
Billie Jeanne attended elementary school in Chickasha and a few years in El Reno after her father’s death. She returned and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1944. While attending South Elementary School she developed lifelong friendships with Elmer DeHart, Buddy McWhorter, Gerald Badgett and Seabrook Griffin.
While in high school she and fourteen other girls formed a group that they called “Gadabout Social Club”. She announced to the group that she was the unelected President. She continued to be the President for the 50 years while the club continued to meet. After graduation she attended Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) in Chickasha. Billie Jeanne was a Home Economics major.
April 26, 1947, Billie Jeanne Trammell married Seabrook Griffin Jr in the parlor of First Baptist Church.
Billie Jeanne grew up in the First Baptist Church in Chickasha. As an adult she was an active member of the Chickasha First Presbyterian Church.
While Seabrook was running the family furniture store, “Griffins Furniture”, Billie Jeanne was a homemaker. Seabrook and Billie Jeanne had three children, Cindy, Brook and Ginny Griffin.
Billie Jeanne was an active leader in Brownies, Girl Scouts, and a Sunday School Teacher.
After her first child graduated high school, she started working as a librarian at Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (OCLA). For several years Billie Jeanne was the recruitment officer for Sooner Council Girl Scout leaders across the state. Billie Jeanne worked as a personal assistant to Jessie Kinley of Chickasha for 10 years until Mrs. Kinley death.
Billie Jeanne was a fifty plus member of PEO chapter DV. She enjoyed playing bridge for over 15 years with Charlotte Nelson, Charlotte Badgett, Carol Varley, Carol Caywood, Paul Brooks, Joan Weaver, Kay Jorgenson, and Marie Harader. Billie Jeanne was a ten-year member of Junior Social Workers and frequently volunteered as an JSW honorary during any of their activities. She was active in several other community service organization throughout the years.
Billie Jeanne enjoy being the biggest fan of her grandchildren during their sporting or any activities while they were in elementary school, Junior High, High School and College.
Billie Jeanne loved to share stories of her college days of going to dances and entertaining the air cadets that were stationed in Borden Park during WWII. She was great historian about the people and places in Chickasha. She could recall the original owners of homes and the families that preceded each owner.
She was preceded in death by her husband Seabrook Griffin Jr. September 30, 2009, her parents, one brother and three sisters.
She is survived by: Daughter and son-in-law: Cindy and Richie Colvert of Wimberly, TX; Son: Seabrook Griffin III of Prague, OK; Daughter: Ginny Howell of Chickasha, OK; five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearers per her request are grandsons and grandson-in-laws: Derek Dixon, Scott Dixon, Seabrook Joseph Griffin, Waldo Gonzalez, Brian Caramello.
The family request memorial contributions to “Friends for Change” at 2243 N. Sooner Road Chickasha, OK 73018 or a favorite charity.
The family appreciates the love and care provided the past several months from Lifeline Hospice. Chickasha Nursing Center was very helpful during last few days of her life.
Services and the interment of cremains will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.