Betty Lou Griffin, 80, passed away approximately 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka on Jan. 8, 2020.
Mrs. Griffin was born in Marion, Indiana on Sept. 12, 1939 to Albert and Frances (McGriff) Long. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Simpkins; second husband, Donald Jay Griffin; her son, Mark Eugene Simpkins; daughters Elizabeth Lou Griffin and Pamala Ann Griffin, and her sister Margie Long.
She is survived by a sister, Sondra (Terry) Haynes of Elkhart; daughter, Tonie (Eugene) Ritchie of Tippecanoe and her son, Timothy (Holly) Griffin of Carmel; along with three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Betty is also survived by countless individuals whose lives have been touched in some way by her kindness and generosity. Her empathy was boundless, and her desire to help other people remained strong even as her own health declined. Her faith and her sense of humor saw her through tough times, and she was never down for long. A tall glass of iced coffee was usually all it took to put a smile on her face. Her dedication to the people in her life was a gift that will remain with them forever, and in that sense, Betty will remain with them too.
A private service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made to Faith Mission of Elkhart or the charity of your choice. Betty’s family has entrusted care and arrangements to Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart.