Katie Marie Griffith, 88, of Independence, Missouri, passed away Aug. 9, 2017.

Visit-ation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at Carson Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington, Independence, Missouri 64052.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at the chapel. Burial will take place in Mount Washington Cemetery.

Katie was born on March 11, 1929 in El Dorado, to Fitzhugh L. and Katie V. (Davis) McDowell. In 1971 Katie moved to the Independence area with her husband and children. It was here that she explored her artistic side, and found that she had real talent. She was a wonderful mother, always there for her children through thick and thin. Her cooking was a highlight for her children, including floating steak!

Katie was a bus driver with the Independence School District for over 10 years. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include daughters, Vallie True and Janice Walls (Thomas); son, Dale Griffith Jr. (Christine); grandchildren, Jennifer Malaeulu (Lucy), Jacquelyn Esala (Aaron), Jeremiah Walls and Clint Walls; great-granddaughters, Bridget Walls and Brianne Walls; great-great-granddaughter, Rilie Walls; sisters, Dora Lee Cauley and Nancy Dowdy; extended family and friends.

Katie was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Griffith Sr.; her parents; and a brother, William McDowell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s or Great Plains SPCA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com..

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