Ellen Lee Thomas Griffin, 76, of Henrico, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.
Ellen was born on October 16, 1945, in Washington D.C. In 1967, she graduated from Westhampton College and later received her master’s degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her 35-year career as a public school teacher began in Richmond City Schools with the majority being at Tuckahoe Middle School in Henrico County.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Geneva J. and James S. Thomas; her brother, James Lloyd Thomas; her sisters, Joan Wilkinson Winters and Jennifer Ann Petreas; and her ex-husband, Ollie Maxey Griffin, Jr.
She is survived by her brother, Fredrick Warren Thomas; her children, Ashley Ellen Griffin and David Max Nicholas Griffin; her grandchildren, William David Hudak, Alexander Griffin Hudak, Ellie Parker Griffin, and Parker Maxey Griffin; her sister-in-law, Barbara Buckles Thomas; her daughter-in-law, Sara Edan Rice Griffin; as well as her nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Ellen’s memory.