Heaven received an Angel on May 8th, 2015. I was saddened to hear the news Bea Griffis formerly of Chik-Wauk Lodge passed away. I’ll always remember her for her beautiful smile and sweet chuckle. I have fond memories of her from her days on the Gunflint Trail, her time spent in Duluth and of visiting her and Ralph in Harlingen, Texas. She was a terrific woman who even though she didn’t have any of her own children she was a mother to many from her years as a resort owner. May she rest in peace and enjoy as many walleye dinners as she craves.
Beatrice R. Griffis, 90, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 at The Victoria House.
Bea, a Texas native was born in Petrolia, TX on August 17, 1924, and attended school in the Wichita Falls, TX, area. She married Ralph L. Griffis in January 1949 and traveled with him as he moved about the country in the construction industry. Bea worked in banking and construction office management. In 1957 Bea and her husband bought Chik-Wauk Lodge and Canoe Outfitters on Saganaga Lake, Grand Marais, MN. Together they owned and operated that resort until 1980, when the property was sold to the US Forest Service. Bea was a winter visitor to the Harlingen area beginning in the 1960’s and then became a permanent resident in the 1980’s. She was a member of the Harlingen County Club, Eastern Star, and active in Life Begins at Forty.
Bea is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, her parents, one sister and two brothers.
No services will be held at this time and Bea will be cremated as per her wishes.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, TX, 78586.
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Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
Published in Valley Morning Star from May 10 to May 11, 2015
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