Dorothy Griffith

Dorothy Ann Griffith, 94, of Arkansas City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

A memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Larry Cracraft will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Cremation has been effected.

Arrangements are through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory of Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

A memorial  has been established for First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Dorothy was born to Paul and Helen (Haines) Ruckel on July 10, 1924, in Hutchinson. The family moved to Arkansas City, and Dorothy played oboe in the orchestra, enriching her love of classical music, then graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1942. She attended K-State and was a Home Economics major. Dorothy met her future husband, Bill Griffith, during a USO dance while he was stationed at Strother Field. They married Aug. 4, 1945, in Olathe. Their family lived in Vivian, La., until moving to Arkansas City in March 1952.

Dorothy worked for United Agency and the Superintendent of Schools handling payroll for USD 470. She retired in 1986. Dorothy was an avid bridge player, golfer and lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and P.E.O. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader, a camp counselor and enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s football and basketball games, as well as wrestling and tennis matches. Dorothy entertained their family, friends and their children’s friends frequently in her home and was an excellent cook. She also enjoyed volunteering and serving in her church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2014; brothers, Jay and John Ruckel; sister, Ruth Boudreau; and her parents.

She is survived by sons, Thomas Griffith and wife, Linda, of Anahuac, Texas, Edward Griffith and companion, Lynda Holloway, of Lewisville, Texas, and Paul Griffith and wife, Sharon, of Church Point, La.; daughter, Mary Turner and husband, Eddie, of Arkansas City; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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