Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 27, 2013

Ellen Mae Munsey Griggs


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PETERSTOWN — Ellen was born in Rhodell, W.Va., the daughter of the late Daniel Hubert and Tula Mae Lowe Munsey. She is predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Bill, Junior and Lawrence Munsey, her sister-in-law Gaye Griggs and her mother and father-in-law, Vivian and “Red” Griggs.

Ellen’s earliest years were spent as a child in the coal fields of West Virginia.  Later, her dad ceased to be a coal miner and purchased a working farm in Dry Pond, W.Va., and that farm was the center of the Munsey family for decades.  As the children had children and the family grew, robust Sunday dinners there were a regular affair.

Ellen was Valedictorian of the Class of ’48 at Peterstown High School and in 1949 she married the love of her life, Carvel Lee Griggs with whom she shared her life for 64 years.  They made their home in Peterstown and thanks to Ellen’s unique gift of caring and taking care of others became a vital part of the community.  Born with a servant’s heart, Ellen ministered regularly to the sick and shut-ins in the town and county.  She carried out those duties by delivering meals, driving countless folks to doctor’s appointments, and spending many a night in the hospital with an ailing friend or neighbor.  She was a living example of generosity of spirit.

Ellen was an active member of Peterstown Baptist Church for decades, and made sure her girls were reared in the church.  In later years, she returned to the church of her youth, Red Sulphur Springs Church.   She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Peterstown Woman’s Club.

Ellen worked for many years as manager of Carden Maytag, subsequently at Allen’s Furniture, and was the bookkeeper and tax-preparer for many local businesses and entities.  She was quite smart and uniquely gifted at math.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Carvel; her daughters, Brenda and her husband John Timmer of Midlothian, Va., Debbie and her husband Steve Ballard of Norfolk, Va., as well as grandchildren, Michelle and her husband Cary Nothnagel, Robin Williams, Tia and her husband Jason Carpenter; great-grandchildren, Truman, Trenton, Austin and Lucas, all of Midlothian, Va., and many grand cats and dogs.  She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Ellen suffered from a massive stroke in 1988, miraculously survived it and returned to a full and vibrant life; however, she had another serious stroke in 2008 from which she never fully recovered.  For the past 5 years, Ellen lived at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Brenda and John Timmer of Midlothian.  She was provided tender loving care by Brenda and John with support from family and caregivers, one in particular who shared a special bond with her beloved “Miss Ellen” for the entire time of her illness, Tamika Lee.

Ellen’s life is a testament of Christian service and it is her truest legacy.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va., with Rev. Archie Bowling officiating.  Entombment will follow in the Birchlawn Abby,   Pearisburg, Va.  Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va.  In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Red Sulphur Church, Rt. 1 Box 14, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Griggs family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.  

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va.