Funeral services for Wilma Joy (Marston) Griffith, 79, of Sperry, were held Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Osage Oaks Church of God in Sperry, OK. Reverend Jerry Harper, Jr. officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Casket bearers were Don Griffith, Jeremy West, Kelly West, Ronnie Griffith, Josh West and Anthony Griffith. Honorary casket bearers were Ashlyn King, Maggie Lokey, Amber King, Macee Lokey, Marissa Lokey and Drey Lokey.
Joy was born February 18, 1936 in Claremore, OK to Edwin Donnell and Opal Lena (Hogue) Marston. She passed away January 24, 2016 in Sperry, OK.
Although her name was Wilma, she was known by many as Joy, which is exactly what she brought to anyone who met her. Joy lived beside her husband Charles, her son Alan and his wife Nyla. Joy was raised in the small town of Sperry, where she spent her days calling her family and asking endless questions. Joy lived by her name in every aspect of life. Although her soul was put into a small frame, her personality brightly shined. She had an unbelievable talent for music, which she demonstrated on the piano with every opportunity she was given. We all know the gifted Joy and also remember her goofy personality. Joy loved to talk, but it often got her in trouble because Charlie would want to leave, while she would stay and start a conversation with anyone who was willing to listen. She was stubborn as she was kind. If anyone tried to tell her what to do, she would roll her eyes, shake her head and then do whatever she pleased. She cared for others and never put herself above anyone else. That caring demeanor is what allowed all of us to love her. The day she left, the world lost an amazing soul, but Heaven gained a beautiful Angel. The loss of her life is a perfect example that death is not the end. While our beloved Joy stares upon the Lord’s face and becomes perfect, we cry for the loss but rejoice for the eternal life that she has only just begun.
She is survived for her husband, Charlie Griffith of Sperry; son, Alan Downing and wife Nyla of Sperry; grandchildren, Shyanne Downing of Sperry, Sandi King of Tahlequah, and Summer Lokey and husband Michael of Jay; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn King, Amber King, Marissa Lokey, Maggie Lokey, Mace Lokey, and Drey Lokey; sister, Patsy Lovern; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Opal Marston; and grandson, Blake Alan Downing.