Marie Elaine Cook Griffiths

Griffiths_Marie_May9Marie Elaine Griffiths, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, went home to be with her Holy Father on May 6, 2015 at the age of 85. She was born March 26, 1930 in South Bend, Indiana to Calvin and Rose Schneider Cook. Marie will be remembered for her devotion to her late husband, Marvin and her family.
Marie married the love of her life, Marvin, on April 18, 1953. They were married for 60 years. Their love life was strengthened by a prayer life together. They had eight children: Dennis and fiancé Rhonda Crouse; Phillip and wife Sue; Gary and fiancé Alice Sholar; Kathy Mitchiner; Jim and mother of his children, Teri; Chris and wife Karen; Laurie Kurz and husband Reto; and Thomas.
She loved her family so much and was very proud of each child/grandchild/great grandchild. Marie has 16 grandchildren: Vince Pena, Nichole Larson (husband Ben); Jake (wife Ashley), Jamie, Megan Decker (husband Chris); Zackery, Trey Mitchiner (wife Ruth), Andrea, Logan, Kyle Mitchiner, Travis, Avery, Shelby, Mitchell Dawson, Hannah, and Jackson Mitchiner. Marie also has 5 great grandchildren: Jacob, Emma, Avery, Paxton, and Ethan (who went to his Holy Father on 5/7).
Marie is survived by her brother John and Fran Cook, brother Cal and Norma Cook, and sister Beverly Nijak. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Lloyd and Roberta Griffiths and sister-in-law, Nancy and Howard Witte. Marie was blessed with many nieces and nephews. She was so very loved by her family and friends and will be dearly missed.
Marie worked at a movie theater early in her life, but her real job was taking care of her beloved family. She stayed at home to raise their 8 children. She sold Tupperware and Amway in her spare time. She enjoyed taking cake decorating classes and loved to knit and crochet. Her and her church friends would crochet baby blankets for unwed mothers. Marie loved watching all sports (especially the Rockets, Texans, and Astros) and bowled weekly with her friends until 2011. She even asked her grandson to place a bet for her during the recent Kentucky Derby.
Marie was a woman who prayed daily for her family and friends. Her faith was very apparent in all aspects of her life. She has been a member of St. Mary’s church since 1976. She volunteered at St. Mary’s weekly bingo in the past and also supported the annual bazaar events. She was an Eucharistic Minister, Marriage Encounter counselor, member of the Catholic Daughters, and supported her husband at the Knights of Columbus events. Marie devoted her life to her family, her church, and her friends.
There will be a Visitation/Prayer Vigil/Rosary on Monday, May 11th at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main Street, League City from 6 – 8 pm. The Funeral Services/Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker Street, League City at 10:30 am.
Following the funeral, the family invites you to share lunch and a time of celebration at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4132 27th Street East (off FM1266) in Dickinson.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to either Knights of Columbus #3217, P. O. Box 278, Dickinson, TX 77539 (Attn: Mike Moore) or St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker St. League City, TX 77573.


  1. We are so sorry for the loss of Marie. The only consolation is she is now dancing with Marv at the “Pearly Gates” and keeping a motherly eye over her children and grandchildren. Prayers are with the family during this time. Always remember the good times … those are the special moments in life and can’t be repeated.

    Clem and Mary Helen Iven
    • Clem & Mary Helen,
      Thank you for the prayers. I saw your children on the Monday night/visitation. It was great to see them and catch up. We miss Mom dearly, but we also know how much she missed Dad.

      Love, Laurie & the family

      Laurie Kurz
  2. Our sincere sympathy. Wishing you peace and comfort as you celebrate Marie’s life.
    She leaves behind a wonderful family, and we can picture Marvin greeting her with open arms at heaven’s gate. Blessings to all of you. Ken and Dixie Larson

    Ken & Dixie Larson
    • Ken & Dixie,
      Thanks you for your kinds words and letting them cook/prepare food in your kitchen. ; )

      Love, Laurie & the family

      Laurie Kurz
  3. Marie will be missed by my husband and I, as her friendly smile and hugs weekly after Mass were so special to us. Her sense of humor and postive attitude were contagious. Marvin and Marie started talking to us one night after Mass several years ago about flying, then our conversations turned to motorcyles…we will miss both of them, but know they will watch over us as we ride or fly. We thank God for the blessing of their friendship.

    Conni and Maury Lehmann
    • Thank you Conni and Maury.
      Mom was always excited to hear about your adventures.

      Laurie Kurz the entire Griffiths family

      Laurie Kurz

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