Lois Ann Griffith



Lois Ann Griffith, 78, of Central Point, passed away in her home March 18, 2008, with two of her loving sons by her side.



Lois was born in Medford on March 20, 1929, to Robert and Nettie Field. Bob and Nettie operated a family farm in the Central Point area for over forty years, providing quality produce to many of the grocery stores in the area. From an early age, Lois worked in the fields with her parents and younger brother, Bruce, learning the value of hard work and pleasures of the soil. As a teenager, Lois was active in the 4-H program, raising steers, sheep, and other animals. Lois graduated from Central Point High School in 1947, and attended Oregon State University for a short time.



On January 11, 1948, Lois married Norman Jacob. The Jacob family were early settlers in the Klamath Basin, homesteading near Malin. Shortly after Lois and Norman were married, the family moved to the Keystone Ranch, near Prineville. They raised Hereford cattle, showing the best of their stock at cattle shows from Portland, to Denver, Colo., to San Francisco, Calif. In the years to follow, the family would own ranches near Merrill and Bonanza. Lois was an energetic participant in the ranching life, doing chores along side the men during the day and cooking meals for the bunkhouse and home in the evenings.



Following their divorce in 1968, Lois moved to Siskiyou County, in California, where she lived for a number of years before returning to the Rogue Valley in 1977. Lois took a position as a dinner cook with Rogue Valley Medical Center, where she would remain for 27 years. Lois would not hear of retiring and was still employed part-time with the RVMC until January of this year. She was a dedicated worker and was well loved by her co-workers. With the passing of her parents in 1980, Lois returned to the home of her youth where she would spend the rest of her life. Lois married David (Dick) Griffith in 1981, and remained with him until his death in 1996.



Lois had many hobbies. She was a master seamstress making clothing for herself and her family. She was an accomplished craftperson, creating beautiful beadowork and needlepoint. Later in life, she took up knitting and mastered the art. Her creations will be enjoyed by the family for generations. Every spring, her thoughts turned to her gardens where she grew beautiful flowers and vegetables. She was most proud of her pumpkins which she harvested each fall. Lois was a wonderful cook who took great pleasure in creating meals for her family. Her greatest joy later in life was the time she spent with her granddaughters, Nina and Gemma.



Survivors include her sons, James Jacob and David Jacob, both of Central Point; son, Scott Van Jacob (Elizabeth) and daughters, Nina and Gemma, of South Bend, Ind.; and her brother, Bruce Field (Juanita) of Sandy.



To Lois, life was a spiritual journey. Although at times she struggled, she grew as human being throughout her life and faced her final challenges with courage and grace. Lois was a blessed soul and is free now. Her family loved her dearly and will miss her.



A memorial service is planned for March 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Perl Funeral Home, Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford.



In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Access, Inc.