March 23, 2011 ~ March 23, 2011

Born in: Baca County, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

Delores ‘Dee’ VanDenbark Griffin, 1931 – 2011
Dee was the youngest of nine children born on a ranch in Baca County, Colo. to Roy and Annabel Findley. She attended New Hope, a one room schoolhouse. Dee met and married Lowell VanDenbark (m. 1949-1969). They had three daughters, Judy Cook of Shelbyville, KY., Helen Wilson of Wichita, KS. and LoAnn (Oct-Nov. 1956).
Dee enjoyed working in her community. She was an active lifetime member of VFW Post 3641 and considered it a privilege to join the fight for veterans’ rights.
Dee met and married James E. Griffin in 1973. They lived in Barstow, Calif. for 12 years, then retired to Pueblo West in 1984. They were charter members of Majestic Baptist Church, Pueblo West.
Dee is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Annabel and siblings, Wauneta Wait Boley, Eleanore Findley, Henry Findley, Albert Findley, Mary Ellen Drennan, and Roy Findley. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy and Helen; grandsons, Mark Cox, Shelbyville, Ky. and Kenneth Cook, Monticello, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Xavier, Samuel, and Sasha; brother, Lealand Findley, Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Virginia Findley, Campo, Colo. and Barbara (Leo) Diel, Tulsa, Okla., numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Thank you to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Tammy and Marty’s Cozy Adult Care Home for taking excellent care of our Dee.
Viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel.
Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Majestic Baptist Church, 494 E. Hemlock Dr., Pueblo West. Dee will be buried with Jim at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Aunt Delores was my Mother, Wauneta Pearl (Findley) Wait’s youngest sister. I babysat for her daughters, Helen and Judy. Her first husband Uncle Lowell Vandenbark was very kind to me.
    Lovingly,
    Norah Wait Hendershot

  2. We’ve known Dee (& Jim) for over 12 years. We were friends from the “early” years of Majestic Baptist Church & shared many bible studies together, as well. We loved to chat about all of our travels / rides. Dee was a great lady & will surely be missed. But the Lord holds her now & for that, we rejoice! God bless & comfort her family! Sorry we missed her service… we had just left on a trip the day before her passing.
    Susan & Eddie Greenhood

  3. I just found out I missed the memorial service. I remember being so mezmerized by that big house when I was young. I grew up being in that big beautiful house. I remember when Judy gave me piano lessons. I know how much of a servant Dee was for her friends.She has always been a Christian I always was in awe when she would share Jesus. Now she has ran her race and she crossed the finish line. She is praising God in heaven and the Angels are singing. Love all you Kelly and Susan Walker

  4. I was blessed to spend time with Dee who loved the Lord and looked forward to being at home with Him. Now she is. I thank God for her life and for our time together.

  5. Just saw the obiturary online. I’m so sorry for the lost. Delores was family to me and my family. She’s known me all my life. Had many good times together. She’ll be surely missed!

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