Elsie Elaine Griffin

Memorial services for Elsie “Lanie” Elaine Griffin, 60, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. She died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Lanie was born June 24, 1953 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of Robert Merle Austin Sr., and Mamie Martha (Payne) Austin.

She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1971 and from the University of Kansas in 1975.

She was a Student Services Recruiter for GCSAA for ten years, and prior worked for KP&L for 20 years.

She married Bo Griffin on September 4, 1976 in Lawrence. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Amario (Sparkle) Griffin; one grandson Christian Griffin; four sisters, Margaret Williams, Lawrence, Carla Goolsby, California, Sharon Goolsby, Lawrence, Chrystal Austin, Kansas City, KS; five brothers, Robert Austin, Lanny Austin, Michael Austin, Corky Austin, all of Lawrence, Steve Austin, Eudora and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the mortuary, the casket will remain closed at the start of the service.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Department and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

23 Condolences

  1. Yvette Bell on March 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. My God strengthen you all during your time of bereavement.

  2. Lucius Turner on March 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Prayers for the family. Remembering what a pleasant person she was.

  3. Brenda Miller on March 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    To Laine family,

    Laine is now at home with Our Glorious God and children. He has prepared her room in his heavenly Mansion. My deepest condolences to Laine’s family and friends.

    May the Lord touch each and every person heart. May you find peace and tranquility in the absence of her physical presences. (if she did not go by Laine, I am not aware. She will always be Laine in my heart)

    Love, Brenda

  4. Charlene galloway robinson on March 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Our prayers will always be with the whole Austin family contuie to look toward the hills which are help will come

  5. Kylee Manahan on March 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    My heart is broken. Such a wonderful person she was. My prayers are with all of you at this time.

  6. Gayle (Miller) Sims on March 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family that God’s presence will surround you during this difficult time.

  7. Karen Kieff on March 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers and thinking of you.

  8. Margaret (Deanes niece) on March 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen. Lanies beautiful spirit will be with us always!

  9. Marva "Mikki" Kimball on March 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    To the family of Lanie Austin

    Thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Just know that she is at peace and in a better place. Keeping you in my prayers.

  10. Dr. Loyce Caruthers on March 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Amario and his family in the days ahead. As Amario’s instructor for the Ed.D program at UMKC, his Mother would be very proud of him as a scholar and educator. I did not have the pleasure of meeting her but the impressive character and intelligence of Amario is a testament to what she instilled in her son.

  11. Dr. Dianne Smith on March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Hi Amario,

    Your Mom is so beautiful!! You and your family are in my prayers. She and I were born in the same year, 1953.

  12. Doris Lewis and Sheryl Cherry Johnson on March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    March 12, 2014

    To The Family of Mrs. Elsie Elaine “Lanie” Griffin

    2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

    We, the Lewis, Cherry and Johnson Families, join with you in celebrating the life and home going of your dear “Lanie”. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.

    Although no words can ease the loss you bear, please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss and know that the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are reminded in John 5:24, which states “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” Our hope is that you will take comfort in knowing she now rests in the loving arms of Almighty God.

    As difficult as it may be just now, please remember with joy and gratitude, the times you shared with her. We are sure all of your lives have been greatly enriched just having her touch you in her very caring way. Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy Comes in the Morning. Psalm 30:5. This is the promise we have from God that Joy will come in the Morning! So patiently endure the night and wait for the Joy to Come!

    John the Revelator left us with a message filled with hope and promise. Revelation 14:13 reads, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord”. Henceforth, “Blessed indeed says the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them”. With this assurance the members of the Lewis, Cherry and Johnson Families pray the precious influence of the Holy Spirit will abide with each of you.

    Think of your loved one as someone whose work is done, whose troubles are now past, entering gladly through that friendly door to “Home at last”.

    Prayerfully Submitted,

    The Members of the Lewis, Cherry and Johnson Families

  13. Howard & Carol Harris on March 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    To the family and friends of Ms “Lanie”, “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” No 6:22-26. All in the name of Jesus. Our heartfelt sympathy.

  14. greg dowdell on March 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    The Denver dowdells send prayers to my extended. Austin. Family. Godspeed. Lanie!!!

  15. Alicia Reynolds on March 12, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Our prayers are with the family of Lanie Griffin. She was a beautiful woman on earth and now a beautiful angel in heaven. For he shall give angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:11. Remember she will always be with you. May God’s Holy presence embrace you in this difficult time.

  16. DeOtis Williams Jr. on March 12, 2014 at 9:34 am


    We love you my brother. Our hearts are with you and your family.

  17. Reta Cosby on March 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I pray for the family comfort and I rest in the assurance that we will all meet together again on the other side. I’m thankful that Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you will be also, and this day, ny sister, Lanie, is with Him in that paradise.

  18. Rosemarie Mitchell on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    To the Family of Lanie Griffin Austin

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Just know that she is at peace and in a better place now. Keeping you all in our prayers.

    Don’t think of her as gone away, her journey just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and tears, in a place of warmth and comport where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched, for nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.

  19. Renell Dixon on March 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    May God bless bless Lanie’s family at this difficult time. I know we all will miss her beautiful smile and sense of humor. She has a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing her with us!

  20. Rosalind Jennings on March 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Very sad to learn of your loss. Had the pleasure to know and work with Lanie at KPL. Lanie was always a delight. May your days ahead be filled with memories of fun, laughs and precious love. With fond memories of Lanie, Raz Jennings

  21. Ayanna on March 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    My mother and Lanie were great friends and I have been knowing her since birth. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and she will be missed. To the family I will say i am truly sorry for your loss however you were VERY blessed to have such a wonderful woman as a relative!

  22. Joelaine (Willis) Thomas on March 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    My prayers and deepest sympathy are with the Austin family during their time of sadness. God bless all of you.

  23. Jan Bel Jan on March 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I am so saddened to learn the news of Lanie’s passing. I knew Lanie from meetings, conferences and phone calls. She was so dedicated to her profession and to those who depended on her for insight and information. Lanie was always so gracious, a lady of manners and good will. I am very proud to have known her and to have learned from her by the example she set just by being herself.

    Please accept my condolences and prayers for strength.

    Blessings to all.

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