Elsie Austin Griffith

- March 30, 2024

Elsie Jane Austin Griffith, 87, of Covington, died Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.

Elsie was born April 7, 1936, on Teaberry Road in Lewisburg, WV, a daughter of the late Henry William and Rachel Yates Austin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Eldridge Griffith and one brother, Robert Lee Austin.

Mrs. Griffith worked at several clerical jobs over the years, at the Greenbrier and at various doctor’s offices in the area. In her younger years, she was active in the local Home Demonstration Club and local bowling leagues. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, and people. She loved talking and listening to new and old friends alike.

Surviving are her children, Stanley Griffith of Manassas, and Donna Shewmake of Henrico; two grandchildren, Megan Coles Shewmake of Austin, TX, and Tyler Lewis Shewmake of Richmond; two sisters, Emily Austin Badra and her husband, Joe of Coconut Creek, FL and Connie Austin Murphy and her husband Donald of York, PA; numerous nieces, nephews, and dozens of others who lovingly called her “Aunt Elsie”.

In accordance with her wishes, her body has been cremated.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Bellanger officiating. The family will receive their friends from 9:30 AM until service time at the church.

Arritt Funeral Home has been entrusted with overseeing arrangements.

Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at arrittfuneralhome.com