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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma


Evelyn Sample Griffith

May 18, 1922 ~ February 18, 2011

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: T.D.


Evelyn Sample Griffith, 88, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 from complication of lymphoma. Evelyn was born Thursday, May 18, 1922 in Bennington, Oklahoma. She was one of ten children born to John Cliff and Rhoda Sample. Evelyn graduated from Bennington High School in 1941 and on April 8, 1942, she married the love of her life, Aubry Griffith.

She joined Aubry in moving from base to base until he went to fight in World War 2 at which time she began working at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. After the war, they settled in Durant, Oklahoma and started their family. In later years, she worked in the bookstore of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and was a special friend to many students and faculty members. Evelyn was a great cook, seamstress, loved to read and instilled that love in her two daughters. She was always there for any family member who needed her and she is described by her family as being the most giving and selfless person they have ever known. Evelyn was funny and witty up to the end of her life and gave her family and friends many good laughs.

Survivors include her husband, Aubry Griffith of Durant, Oklahoma, daughters, Karen Harmon and husband Barry of Sherman, Texas, Debbie Green and husband Mike of McKinney, Texas, grandchildren, Mika English and husband, Steve, Aaron Green and wife, Sara, Matt Green, Erica Osborne and husband Ian, Jana Delozier, great-grandchildren Ashlyn, Victoria, Ryan and Tara Delozier, Dylan and Landon Osborne, Connor Brooks, Cole and Max English, Katie, Ella and Callie Green, and one great – great – grandchild Marlee Jackson. Also surviving is her sister, Arlene Epperson and husband Joe, brothers, Verline Sample and wife Joyce, Oliver Sample and wife Donna, and Cecil Sample, sisters in law, Marie Hammon, Neet Sample, Pauline Sample, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her sister Edna Brandon and husband LeRoy, brothers, Oscar Sample and wife Christine, Earl Sample, Elbert Sample, Lloyd Sample and wife Jalasca, and one grandchild Eric Harder.

Funeral Services will be under the direction of Holmes~Coffey~Murray Funeral Home and will be held at the First Christian Church in Durant on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend J.C. Mitchell officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Durant. There will be a visitation night at Holmes~Coffey~Murray Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

A special thank you to caregivers Kathy Ray, Mary Davenport, Carolyn Ashley, Nela Barnoski, Jeremy and Jill Parham, Linda Hutchinson, Amber Renfro, Charlee Lawson, Angela Gerlach, Patty Hendrick, Kim Ford, Reverend J.C. Mitchell and the wonderful women of the First Christian Church, and Dr. Jaiswal.

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