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Old 06-10-2004, 08:39 PM   #1
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Florian Griggs

I am sure that there are many Oklahoma people on here who knew this wonderful person. Well she left this world this morning, she had a mojor heart attack and died. So please pray for her husband and family. She was a truly great woman and she will be deeply missed in the indian community. I am sorry to share this bad news but I wanted to let people know.

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when i found out this morning I could not stop crying. It was so bad that i had to logg off pws.com b/c i didn't want to talk to anyone!

The funeral is Monday at 10:00 a.m.
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I must have gotten 10 calls today from people all over wanting to let us know of her passing. She was a truly good person that will definitely be missed. Ford and the rest of the family will be in our prayers.
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WOW!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry to hear that.

I hope Ford is doing okay.
Met them about two years ago, SUPER nice folks.
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Although I did not know the Griggs family well I had met them on several ocasions. She and her husband were the type of people that were kind to everyone in their path.

I am praying for Ford and others that have been touched by her passing

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Florian

Very few people have touched my life as much as this precious friend did. Not only was she a wonderful spokesperson for her tribe but she epitomized the beauty, integrity and strength of American Indian women everywhere. A strong believer in saving traditions, Florian travelled extensively to teach and to share. She was active in many, many things, from being a registered nurse to serving as the national president of the American War Mothers organization.

Her gentle spirit and gracious nature will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.

My love and sympathy goes out to her husband, Ford; to her sister Anawake and to her children and grandchildren.
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I can't even begin to place a word or a thought to do Florian justice. They were very close to members of my family and I am honored to have memories with Florian and Ford. Florian always had a kind word to share an open heart and a teaching way about her. Ford and Florian always found a way to make you chuckle and I will never forget Silver Lake. It is so sad to see her go, but to rejoice in her life!! She will be missed but will be with us everyday. My prayers for Ford and the whole family. My condolences Autumn LaQuay
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Florian's Write Up for those interested.

Mrs. Florian Marie McKee Griggs, age 60, wife of Ford Griggs and a
Registered Nurse died Thursday morning, June 10, 2004, at Jane Phillips
Medical Center.
An Indian Wake Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Sunday in the
Neekamp-Luginbuel Colonial Chapel. Funeral services will be held 10:00
a.m. Monday in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church with
Rev. Terry Adams and Dr. Paul Bowles officiating. Burial will be on the
family plot of the Pawhuska City Cemetery under the direction of the
Neekamp-Luginbuel Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established in Mrs. Griggs name with the BIWC
(Bartlesville Indian Women Club) for the Roberta Sanders Scholarship
Fund. Those wishing to remember her may do so in care of Bartlesville
Indian Women’s Club, P. O. Box 101, Bartlesville, OK 74005.
Florian was born on February 11, 1944 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She was the
daughter of Florian Meigs and Bessie (Alsbury) McKee. She graduated
from Pawhuska High School with the Class of 1962, and received her
Associate Degree from Amarillo College, RN School of Nursing. She
completed her education with a Bachelor of Science Degree from
Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Both her parents were
Cherokee and her father, grandparents, and great-grandparents were
original enrollees of the Dawes Commission Rolls. Florian’s ancestry
includes many prominent citizens of the Eastern and Western Cherokee
Nations. She is a direct line descendent great-granddaughter of John
Ross, Cherokee Chief, who led the Cherokees over the “Trail of Tears” to
Oklahoma. When she was a small child, her paternal grandmother gave her
the Cherokee name of “Kanuche”. She was involved in Native American
activities on the local, state, and national levels.
She was past state president of Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women,
member of Miss Indian Oklahoma and Junior Miss Indian Oklahoma Pageant
Committees and Chairwoman of Indian Summer Princess Committee. She was
Advisor Operation Eagle, Indian Education, of Bartlesville School
System. Past Director of Indian Elderhostel, she lectured on Cherokee
culture, heritage, and history to area schools, scouts, and for
organizations across the U.S.
Florian was a 22-year member of Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club, past
officer, current advisor and narrator for their Traditional Dress Style
Shows. She co-produced and narrated their video, “Elegant Visions,” on
Native American Women’s Clothes, which has U.S. distribution and is
featured in other Native American videos by Full Circle Communications.
Florian has served as Head Lady Dancer for Intertribal Powwows in
Oklahoma and several other states. She worked for better health care and
civil rights for all Native Americans and the promotion of Native
American Women. Florian was past state president and national officer
of American War Mothers, a national organization of women who have had
children in the U.S. Military. She was past president and a member of
the local Grayhorse Chapter # 15, Fairfax, OK.
She has served on the Board of Directors for Washington County CASA,
Bartlesville; Osage Country Head Start, Pawhuska and Osage Nation Tribal
Museum, Pawhuska. She has served as advisor for the Boy Scouts
Venturing groups. She was currently a member and officer of the nation
board of the American Indian Scouting Association.
She curated Native American exhibits for Bartlesville History Museum,
Price Tower Museum, Frank Phillips Home, Bartlesville Public Library,
and the Community Center. An avid craftsperson, Florian designed and
made traditional and contemporary Native American clothing for her
family.
In 1996, Florian was adopted by a Delaware woman, Leona Shipley, of
Bartlesville and taken as her daughter. She was dressed and given the
right to wear Delaware clothes. In Delaware Naming Ceremony, she was
named “We Chum Moo Quah”, which means helping woman.
In 1998, she received the local award from the Bartlesville Allied Arts
& Humanities Council for advancement of the arts and humanities. She
was awarded for attaining recognition and acclaim in the field of fine
arts for Native American Culture. She was considered for her
dedication, depth of involvement, uniqueness of her contribution and the
impact of her contribution toward others.
She volunteered at the Green Country Free Clinic, American Red Cross,
and their Bloodmobile & Disaster Unit. She served as camp nurse for the
Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.
She was a member of Oklahoma Society Professional Engineers Auxiliary,
N.E.S.U. Lifetime Member and American Indian Alumni Association,
National Congress American Indians, Oklahoma Historical Society, Osage
County Historical Society and numerous genealogical societies.
Florian is survived by her husband, Ford Griggs of Bartlesville;
daughters, Dana Milligan-Espinal and husband Sergio of Tahlequah,
Heather Griggs of Edinborrogh, Scotland, and Jennifer Griggs-Pool and
husband Matt of College Station, TX; Sons, Michael Milligan of Dallas,
TX and Brett Milligan and wife April of Tulsa; Sisters, Marilyn
Atterberry and husband John of Bartlesville and Ahnawake McCauley of
Barnsdall; Grandchildren, Brandon and Crystal Espinal of Tahlequah,
Aaron and Daren Milligan of Bartlesville, Jimi Stafford, Megan and Kara
Rainey of Tulsa; Adopted mother. Leona Shipley of Bartlesville; Adopted
Sister, JoAnn Markley of Bartlesville; Nephews, Tommy Hendren and his
son Toby Hendren of Tuttle, OK, and Luke and Noah Milligan of Edmond.
Her first husband, Daymon Milligan, a son, William Berlin Milligan and
her parents preceded her in death.
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Good bye to my friend.
It was good to see all her friends at the wake and services.
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