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Rose Mary Griffiths

August 14, 1931 May 31, 2021
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Rose Mary (Horvath) Griffiths, (Rosy), 89 of Denver, Colorado went to heaven on Monday May 31, 2021 from Juniper Village in Aurora, Colorado.
She was born on August 14, 1931 in Hayes, Kansas to Stephen and Rose Horvath. She was the oldest of the 5 surviving children, Stephen J. Horvath Jr. (Steve), Mary Ann (Horvath) Miller, John Horvath and Theresa (Horvath) Wilson. She attended grammar school in Angelus, Kansas and then drove herself to High School in Grinnell, Kansas. Upon High School graduation (1949), Rosy and her friend Geneva Brothers went to Denver, Colorado to look for jobs. Rosy got a job as a nanny. While working as a nanny, she met Albert Griffiths Jr. The two married on September 17, 1951. Their marriage was a deep devotion to each other even though the two took separate travels, especially later in life when Al would take his trailer and head to Arizona during the winter months while Rosy guided trips all over the world, they would each reconnect at their home in Denver. Rosy and Al planned and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big party at the Embassy Suites on September 15, 2001, which was attended by those who could attend due to 9/11.
The same year that they married, Rosy started working and taking classes at Denver University. She took advantage of her privilege of getting classes as part of her employment package and her love of learning by taking 1 class each quarter from D.U. earning a B.S./B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing (3/11/1978) and a Masters Degree in Speech Communication (3/14/1987). During these years, Rosy became involved in many organizations in and around Denver. Rosy loved to organize dinner parties and plan events, some would say she was quite a socialite. Some of the organizations to which she belonged were the Denver Sister City International Association, American Business Women's Association and Tupperware. Rosy
was introduced to Tupperware when her sister, Mary Ann started selling Tupperware. Through the years, Rosy went from selling to Distributing Tupperware and was with the organization for over 50 years. Through all of this, she worked full time at D.U. until retirement in August of1987.
Rosy and Al’s first trip together was to the British Isles to visit the homeland of Al’s family. This was the beginning of Rosy’s love of traveling and eventually became a travel guide and worked with AAA taking trips through Europe, Africa, Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Central America and all over the United States, Mexico and Canada. She was a self taught photographer and many of her friends and family were entertained with her slide shows
of her travels. Her traveling life is captured by thousands of slides and photographs. Rosy developed friendships with people all over the world. In the late 50’s and through the 1980’s Rosy and Al housed foreign exchange students who wanted to attend Denver University. Rosy had many distinguished visitors at this time, but she and Al mostly remember their opera singer from Tibet. Dorje thought of Rosy and Al as his “American Parents” and traveled back to visit the Griffiths many times in both Denver and New York. When Dorje was in Denver, he would sing at Christ the King for the parishioners.
Rosy has always been a woman of faith. Rosy and Al joined Christ the King Catholic Church when they bought their first Denver home in 1952. Rosy was a Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the choir. Rosy was a member of Christ the King up until she had to move out of her home in the neighborhood in 2015. A memorial mass will be held at Christ the King on June 23, 2021 at 11am for both Rose Mary Griffiths and Mary Ann Miller. Rosy will be laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver in July with her husband, Albert, and her sister, Mary Ann.
Rosy was loved by her family. She is survived by her sister, Theresa Wilson, who telephoned Rosy daily, as she suffered with dementia, for over 6 years, to hear her voice and pray with her. Rosy is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Steve, Mary Ann, Johnny and her husband Albert. Rosy will surely bemissed by her family and her friends.

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Fort Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4400 W. Kenyon Ave
Denver, CO 80236

4400 W. Kenyon Ave Denver 80236 CO
United States
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