Janet Rae Greb Griffith, 80, passed away January 9, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Ore. Janet was born June 29, 1932, in Medford, the daughter of Foss and Marcia Greb.
She graduated from Eagle Point High School in 1951 where she lettered in Girl's Athletic Association for softball and basketball, was in chorus, and played the bass drum in the band. On September 2, 1954, she married Ray Griffith in Gold Hill, Ore. For most of their married life, they lived in the Rogue Valley. They moved to Montana in 1988 and remained there until Ray's death in 1996.
Janet was a waitress and cook for a good portion of her life. She also did motel housekeeping and while in Montana, managed the Sage Motel with her husband. Upon her return to Oregon, she crocheted hats and scarves for those in need for several groups in the valley and crocheted many afghans. She also embroidered tea towel sets and pillowcases for family and friends. Although time ravaged her hands, her stitches were precise. She loved watching rodeo, sports, polka shows and country music programs on T.V. One of her favorite pastimes was watching the birds feeding at her window feeders...they made her smile. Janet was very fond of cooking for large groups and home-canning foods. She also liked BBQs and the family reunions she and her brother, Foss, would organize. She also enjoyed reading, seek-a-word puzzles, and playing solitaire...but number one was socializing and talking with people.
Janet was preceeded in death by her husband, Ray; parents, Foss and Marcia Greb; and her brother, Richard Greb. Janet is survived by her three children, daughters, Toni Rogers, of Geraldine, Mont. and Tami Griffith, of Medford, son, Terry Griffith (Kelli), of Grants Pass; sisters, Marcia Dodenhoff, of Eagle Point and Judy O'Connors, of White City; and brothers, Foss Greb, of Medford and Gene Greb, of Eagle Point. She had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She nutured many kids thoughout her life who all called her mom or grandma.
Her endearing smile, quick wit, and sparkling personality will be missed by all. She was a very special woman with a heart of gold. Thank you, Janet, for enriching our lives with your special magic.
No services will be held at this time, but a celebration of life BBQ/potluck will be held in June. In lieu of cards and flowers, please contribute to the Gospel Mission of Medford. Arangements handled by Conger-Morris Medford.