Katherine Dorothy Griffin, 94, longtime resident of Trinidad, Colorado, died March 18, 2012.
Katherine was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Wichita, Kan. She was the daughter of Katherine and Otto Hund of Garden City, Kansas, and the widow of James Edward Griffin, former Trinidad mayor and city manager. She is survived by her son, James Edward Griffin II, and his wife, Annibet Griffin, of Glenwood Springs; and her daughter, Sally Griffin McCaughey, of Arcata, Calif. She leaves behind her long-time friend and caretaker, Marilyn Fredericks of Trinidad; the Fredericks family; and her grandchildren: Jon Griffin of Boulder and Brian McCaughey of Arcata, Calif.; and her great granddaughter, Jozie Griffin of Denver.
Katherine will always be remembered as a nice person, a good friend, an athlete and an artist. A motto for her life: “To those who are given much, much is expected.” In keeping with this motto, she was a weekly visitor to the elderly at the Trinidad Nursing Home and worked in the hospital gift shop. When friends were going through hard times, Katherine was always present with a coffee pot and words of support accompanied by her spirit of caring and fun.
Katherine enjoyed competition. As an 18-year-old tennis player in Wichita, she won a trophy in that city’s tournament. In Trinidad, she became an excellent bridge player. She won many Duplicate titles and other bridge tournaments at the Trinidad Country Club.
Her fun, competitive spirit was most apparent during a round of golf. Countless summer mornings, as early as 5:30 a.m., Katherine was on the course. She always made it home in time to prepare the family breakfast. Her persistence play paid off. She won the Trinidad Ladies Golf Championship numerous times. Katherine’s final trophy came at age 70 when she repeated once again as the Ladies Golf Champion.
Although golf was her favorite sport, she was also fancy ice skater. On cold winters, Katherine was known for flooding the iced-over Trinidad Central Park Pond to create a smooth skating arena where she spent time showing others how to move their blades backwards or land a jump.
In addition to her myriad social activities, she always had time for her children and work. In the 1950s, she served as a Cub Scout and Blue Bird leader. In addition, Katherine ran a small sandwich business from her home. Later, she worked as a med-tech at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, as a teller at the Trinidad National Bank and as a salesclerk at Pixie.
While golf and social activity was her joy, art was her passion. She was a prolific artist with an eye for beauty. In Trinidad, she studied art under the guidance of Arthur Roy Mitchell. Her numerous landscapes of Stonewall, Fisher’s Peak and local surroundings, as well as the Trinidad Country Club’s painted windows and her pieces of refinished furniture survive today as a testimony to her talent.
A Mass for Katherine and a fall memorial service to honor her zest for life and service to others will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to send donations to the Trinidad Ladies Golf Club in care of Mrs. Robert Lamden.