North Santa Rosa

Senior Rae Gilbert Griffin

Senior Rae Gilbert Griffin, 85, of Jay, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 11, 2015. She was prepared to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Senior was born on March 8, 1930, and grew up in Ashland, Alabama. During her early life, she was an active member of Jay First Baptist Church and was involved in many activities for the youth and the choir. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Griffin, and parents, Perry and Nellie Jane Waldrop Gilbert. She is survived by her loving children: daughters, Joan Byrd, Doris Jackson, and Debbie (John) Bell; sons, James Griffin and Bryan Griffin; grandsons, Michael Holland, Gary Holland, Daniel Haan, Joey Wolfe, Ryan Wolfe, and Greg Byrd; granddaughters, Lacy Griffin and Vonda Byrd Buckhault; eleven great-grandchildren; and three great great-grandchildren; sisters, Voncille Shannon and Shirley Caldwell; and brother, Charles Gilbert. Senior’s mother died when Senior was only 13, so she became the mother figure and caregiver to her siblings, which helped shape her as the caring and generous woman that she became. She was selfless and giving of herself and truly had a servant’s heart. Her early career as a kindergarten teacher not only provided many of the town’s children a head start on their education but also educated their hearts, teaching them how to love and treat others. Through her many years as a florist, she shared in countless memories with the people of Jay and its surrounding areas. She helped the community celebrate joyous occasions, as well as comfort them in times of sickness, sorrow, and grief with her beautiful floral arrangements that she lovingly created. She was always there to offer a kind word and a warm hug to her customers. She worked hard and long hours doing what she loved to do, helping provide a good life for her family and bring joy to others. Her house was always open to her children’s friends, and she became a mother to all of them. She always made those around her smile. During her two years residing at Century Health and Rehabilitation Center, she brightened the day of the other residents with her witty remarks, compliments, and classes on flower arranging. She was a gentle and generous Southern lady to the end. The family wishes to extend its thanks to the entire staff of Century Health and Rehabilitation Center for its tremendous love and care of their mother. Also, sincere thanks to Covenant Hospice, Dr. David Smith, and roommate Nancy Thames. Visitation at Jay First Baptist Church will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for immediate family and from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for friends. The funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be at Jay Cemetery. Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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