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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 10:44 am

Our mom, Nancy Griffith, a longtime Coronado resident and community member, died peacefully April 25 in her Coronado home.

Mom was born in Marcellus, New York and attended Ryder College. After meeting our dad at Syracuse University where she worked for the football coach, they married in 1952. Dad was a career naval officer and mom took on the role of navy wife until dad retired in 1974. During this time, she was active in the Naval Officer’s Wives Club and often elected president. Mom was also active in the Bridge and Bay Garden Club and looked forward to participating in the annual Coronado Flower Show and did so up until she was no longer physically able. She had a highly successful career in real estate which spanned over 40 years. Starting with Strand-Crown Realtors in 1973, she retired from Napolitano Realty in 2014.

Our parents were married until our father’s death in 1988. Shortly after, she was introduced to Alex Hannum, an NBA Hall of Fame Coach. They became a couple and Mom was able to travel to many events related to Alex’s position and they took several cruises together. Alex Hannum died in 2002.

Mom has been described by one of my friends as “fancy” and while that is a funny word in some ways today, it is quite befitting. She gardened almost daily and her house often won the red or blue ribbon every spring from the Coronado Floral Association. She knew how to throw a good party and make a great egg strata at Christmas. She and our dad, as well as Alex Hannum, spent a lot of time sailing and boating. She loved playing her piano and did so up until her death. She took hula and belly dancing lessons and even played the ukulele. Dad’s career allowed her to travel far beyond her Marcellus backyard and this included two tours in Hawaii as well as Midway Island.

Mom was preceded in death by our dad, Captain Philip G. Griffith and our brother, Mark. She is survived by her four daughters, Gail (Wade) Behrns, Barbara Griffith, Susan (Jeff) Smith, and Patty (Keith) Jones. She had 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Dick (Linda) Cote, and many nieces and nephews.

Our family wishes to thank some very special people including our former neighbor and longtime friend, Dr. Don Vance and his wife, Karen, her wonderful caregiver, Tommie Ruffin and Hospice for their support and the love from many neighbors and friends during her illness. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans in a private family service. A memorial service for Mom will be announced at a later date.