Melissa L. "Missy" Griffith

October 8, 1953 - October 24, 2021
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Melissa “Missy” L. Griffith, 68, of Gouglersville, passed away October 24, 2021, at 5:10 PM in her residence.

She was the wife of Steven J. Griffith with whom she shared 43 years of marriage in May. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Robert M. & Winifred S. (Buffamoyer) Mowrey.

She worked as a retail manager for 25 years at Doneckers, Ephrata for 15 years until they closed and later for 6 years for Van Heusen at the former Vanity Fair Outlets.

A 1971 graduate of Cocalico High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Millersville University. While in high school, she was on the homecoming court, was a member of the marching band and was co-captain of the tennis team. She was a life member of the Gouglersville Fire Co., was a drum instructor in the 80’s for the Renegades Baton & Drum Corps and was involved with the Lancaster Micro Midget Club. A talented musician and artist, she was a founding member of the band “Broken Arrow,” with whom she played for 15 years. She enjoyed tennis, archery, baseball, horses, Nascar racing and was an avid Phila eagle fan. Simply put, she was the world’s greatest wife, mom, and maw-maw.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter – Cara Lee Griffith Ritchie wife of Donald Ritchie, West Lawn, her sisters – Roberta wife of Larry Grill, Landis Valley, Maribeth wife of Ronald Petery, Denver, her brother – Patrick husband of Michelle Mowrey, Lancaster, her granddaughters – Jamelyn Lee Ritchie and Julianna Marie Ritchie. She is also survived by her best friend – Kathy “Haws” Hainley, Mountville.

Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6:00 PM at Gouglersville Fire Company, 475 Mohn’s Hill Road, Sinking Spring (Gouglersville). In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to assist the family with expenses c/o Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington, PA 19607.

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Date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

Gouglersville Fire Company Social Quarters


475 Mohns Hill Road
Gouglersville, PA 19608

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Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

1 East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607


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Born: October 8, 1953
May 8, 1975
Missy and Griff Lenhardt Hall Millersville State College
Missy and Griff    Lenhardt Hall    Millersville State College
Died: October 24, 2021

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Austin Stine posted on 10/28/21

In memory of Melissa L. "Missy" Griffith, Austin Stine lit a candle


Carin Moyer posted on 10/27/21

In memory of Melissa L. "Missy" Griffith, Carin Moyer lit a candle


Carin Moyer posted on 10/27/21

Very sorry and saddened to hear this news. I worked with Missy at Donecker’s. she was a kind and caring person. And a very talented musician. She will not be forgotten. Carin Moyer


Gwynneth Mann posted on 10/27/21

To Steve, Cara, all the family, and Haws -- Sharing your sorrow on the loss of Missy, an unforgettable friend. Treasure your memories of the good times you shared. Thinking of you all.


Mike & Diane Flammer posted on 10/27/21

Our sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Mindy Beatty posted on 10/27/21

I am so saddened by Missy’s passing. We had many great years working closely together at Doneckers. Her kindness and talents were only 2 of her many wonderful qualities. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope you can find comfort with the many fond and loving memories. Love-Mindy


Judy & Clayt Dengler posted on 10/26/21

Steve & Cara, We are so very sorry to hear of Missy’s passing. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy to you both.