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Official Obituary of

Mary Lou Ketridge Griffith

March 30, 1927 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Mary Lou Ketridge Griffith Obituary

Mary Lou Ketridge Griffith, 96, died at Gulf Coast Village Care Center in Cape Coral, Florida on December 21, 2023.  Mary Lou was born on March 30, 1927, at her family’s farm home in Bradford, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Marie Benedict Reed. Mary Lou attended a one room, one teacher school for eight years and after completing high school and some college she worked for the Kewanee Star Courier for many years. She married Chris Ketridge at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee on March 18, 1950, and he passed away in 1976. After moving to Cape Coral from Kewanee, Illinois with Chris, she was employed by Gulf American Land Association as hostess and flight director. She then went into real estate sales. Mary Lou was a charter member of the Methodist Church but upon marrying J. Carl Griffith on August 18, 1991, she joined Faith Presbyterian Church.  She was a member of Palmetto-Pine Country Club where she was a women’s club champion. She was also club champion in Kewanee at Midland Country Club and the Kewanee Public Golf Course.  Mary Lou had a generous spirit; she was awarded the Child’s Best Friend award in Kewanee in 2007 and awarded the Elmer Tabor award in Cape Coral in 2012.

Mary Lou is survived by many nieces and nephews she adored and spoke of often and also by Carl’s daughter, Carol Freeman and daughter-in-law, Cindy Griffith. 

A graveside service will be held at Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford, Illinois at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22 with Pastor Haley Hausman officiating. You may remember her through your favorite charity.

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Graveside Service
June 22, 2024

11:00 AM
Osceola Grove Cemetery
1130 East
Bradford, IL 61421
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