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Karen Lee Griffiths

December 5, 1948 ~ July 8, 2017 (age 68)

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Karen Lee Griffiths (Harral), 68

Dec. 5, 1948 – July 8, 2017


It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, Grandma, Grandma K, Grandma Karen. After a valiant battle with multiple ailments she went to her heavenly home.

She was born to James and Helen Harral on December 5, 1948 and grew up in Whittier, CA.  She had three brothers (Ronnie, John, and Danny) and one sister (Jeanine).

Karen was definitely eccentric and unique. She had her own way of doing things, incredibly opinionated and driven at times. She experienced significant struggles and heartache in her life and desired so much for things to be different. She would often talk about her long-term plans of a family ranch where she saw herself being the caretaker of the horses. Karen was passionate about her dreams and she encouraged others to pursue their passions as well. Even though her intentions were misguided at times, her love for her kids and grandkids was immense.

Karen had one daughter (Cyndi) and five sons (Patrick, Michael, Morgan, Matthew, and Donovan). When she was left to raise the children by herself, she did not give up. With very little work experience or job training, she drove herself to low-wage jobs to make sure her sons were provided for. She worked as a bus driver for MARTA, a restaurant worker, a phone operator, and a forestry worker, all while being a single parent.

She enjoyed being a mother, but enjoyed even more being a grandmother. She came to have twenty grandchildren, 4 bonus daughters (Theresa, Danielle, Corina, and Toni), and her “sixth son” Darren. While she was unable to spend as much as she would have liked with all of them, they were regularly on her heart.

She loved living in the mountains and spent her last two years living in Big Bear. Prior to that, Karen spent 26 years living in Crestline. She had a real love for fishing, rock collecting, making jewelry, and talking about random subjects for hours on end (just don’t get her started on politics). Karen had such unique interactions with others, we are learning about new ones just this past week. She was eager to talk with others and “shoot the breeze,” as she would say. Her body couldn’t go on, but her mind and spirit were still active. She was a survivor till the end, insisting on taking care of herself as much as she could. Her greatest desire was that all her children would stay strong together and share everything with each other; time, kids, ups and downs, life’s greatest memories. She will be truly missed.

Memorial Service planned on Friday Sept. 8th, 2017 at  4:00 pm at:
​Dogwood Campground,

26898 Rim of the World Hwy.

Rimforest, CA 92378

For more information call:  Patrick Griffiths at (909) 953-9433

 Service Information

Memorial Service
September 8, 2017

5:00 PM
Dogwood Campground
26898 Rim of the world Hwy.
Rimforest, CA 92378

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