Dorothy Griffin nee Beggs born 1935, died 2005, a loving and supportive mother to Graeme, Christine, Kevin, Karen & Denise; Nana to Kiel, Davina, David, Mathew, Jason, Melinda, Brenden, Josh, Kianna & Tia; you will be sorely missed.
A tribute to Nana:
In the wall of my daughter's nusery school
there was a quotation which went something like this:
"In 100 years no-one will care whether you had a big house or a flash car, whether you were rich or poor, whether you had a brief moment of fame or a life of anomynity. The only lasting legacy you will leave is what you have taught your children."
On this basis the girl born into the world as Dorothy Beggs and who has left it as Dorothy Griffin, has left an enormously good legacy in this world. Single handedly for 15 years, in an era when it was not so easy to do so, she raised five children, all now productive members of the community. Her last words to me were "to take care of the children"; and the only answer in return was that "I had the best teacher to so".
Mum, Nana, Dot, Topsy, however you knew her, she had a wide circle of friends and family who all appreciated her for her unique and caring manner, and all will miss her in different ways. Certainly her grandchildren will miss the joy she brought to them, especially at Xmas. It is a tragedy that she did not live to see her greatgrandchildren, but when they are born they will know of her.
All of us children have been ably supported by Mum at various difficult stages in our lives. Never did she ask for anything in return. The same pattern of selflishness extended to many of her friends & acquaintances in need.
I would like to thank all her friends and family who are attending today.
Especially I would like to thank Bill, her husband of the last 23 years who accomodated her sometims difficult attitude, and who was also allways supportive of a second grown up family not initially his own. But most importantly those years together with Bill really made a positive difference compared with the earlier struggles in her life.
I would like to close with a little letter that my wife Ermie wrote to Nana, but I was unable to deliver on time.
"To Mom our Nana,
I am very very sorry if I cannot make it to come to see you and say goodbye at your last moment. I was so sad, and also Melinda & Kianna. Only I can say, wherever you are now, I hope you are going to the Kingdom of Heaven happy in the hand of the allmighty.
We miss your palatable jokes, especialy to the kids...We miss you Nana...we miss you."
thank you all.
|Bill,Davina & Dot~jan93||Davina,Dot & Jason ~dec 94||Eileen,Dot&Ermie~dec95
|60th birthday cake|
Bill & Dot ~2003
|With Davina ~ mar 2005|
CHILDREN: Denise, Graeme, Christine, Karen, Kevin.
|Davina Legg||Kiel DeBuisson||Matthew Sutherland||Josh Legg|
|Jason Legg||David DeBuisson||Brenden Cooper||Tia Legg|
Mary and Robert Beggs
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