Esther Faye Griffin © Enid News and Eagle 02-1993 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
A retail merchant in Cherokee since 1924, Esther Faye (Miss Faye) Griffin, 88, died suddenly Monday, February 3, 1992, at her home.
Funeral services will be at 2 PM Thursday at the Cherokee Friends Church with the Rev.'s John Havens and Fred Jones officiating. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery directed by Goodwin Funeral Home.
She was born November 3, 1903, in Meridian, Idaho, to Ethan Alan and Rebecca Daly Griffin. Her father died in 1910, and she moved with her mother to Oklahoma April 22, 1912. She attended rural Lincoln Center and Cherokee grade schools and graduated from Cherokee High School in 1921. She taught school for two years, then returned to school at A & M College, Stillwater. Due to her mother's health she resigned her teaching position in Mangum in 1924 and started to work at C.H. Baker Department Store in Cherokee. Baker died in 1967, and she continued to operate Baker's Store until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Friends Church, Friends Women's Missionary Union, the last surviving charter member of Cherokee Business & Professional Women's Club, and member of Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and Oklahoma and Alfalfa County Historical Societies. She had helped with the United Fund drive and was voted Outstanding Citizen of Cherokee and grand marshall of Cherokee Homecoming Parade.
She is survived by a brother, E.A. Griffin of Blackwell, and a number of cousins.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to the Friends Church or to Alfalfa County Hospital through the funeral home.
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