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On Thursday, December 1, 2022, Claudia Straus Griffis, 77, passed away after a short illness.
Claudia was born on October 12, 1945, in Los Angeles, California and grew up in and around Pomona. She had 3 brothers. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 10 at Vacation Bible School. At 12, she felt called to be a missionary nurse at a church camp. She went to Pomona High School (class of 1963) and earned a cosmetology license. Claudia met Ed Griffis in church and they were married for 57 years.
Claudia traveled the world with Ed, who was in the Navy for 22 years. They traveled to Guam, Maryland, Norfolk (twice), Taiwan, and Washington, D.C. They eventually moved to Marietta, Georgia. She loved traveling - Europe, Australia, Israel, Hawaii and on lots of cruises.
Claudia finally got to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse (LPN) at the age of 40. She worked in nursing homes, retirement centers and home health in both Virginia and Georgia. Her passion was working with the elderly and those close to death. She was always helping someone. She was a regular volunteer at the Fox Theatre, faithful to the church choir, served as staff nurse for church summer camps, served meals at a multitude of church functions and so much more.
Claudia was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Griffis, parents Morris Straus and Ernestine Bradshaw and brother Ernie Todd. She is survived by her children: Jim (Cherie), Debbie (Don Gunn) and Tim (Beda); her grandchildren: Justin, Haley, Lauren, Chelsea, Margaret, and Alex; her brothers: Steve Straus and Ron Todd; sisters-in-law: Deborah, Kay, Linda, Beth, Janice and Linda; brother-in-law Kenny; and many nieces and nephews.
Claudia was an active member of First Baptist Church Woodstock where a service to honor her life will be held, February 7, 2023. The family will receive friends at 10 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am with Mike Gwinn officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 pm at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Poole Funeral Home is managing arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.
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