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Nancy McIver Griffin

Nancy McIver Griffin of Sanford died September 14, 2014 at the Glenaire retirement community in Cary, at age 95, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Griffin was born October 22, 1918, while her father was in France, in service with the U.S. Army during World War I. She was the daughter of John M. McIver and Lillian Dunlap, of Gulf, N.C., and the granddaughter of John M. McIver and Lois Anderson, of Gulf, and William Dunlap and Henrietta Love, of Iredell County, N.C.

Mrs. Griffin grew up in the small village of Gulf, in Chatham County. She attended public schools in Gulf and nearby Sanford. She attended Queens College (now Queens University) in Charlotte, graduating in the class of 1938. Before her sons were born she taught school and worked as a personnel director. Thereafter she earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and worked for many years as the guidance counselor at Sanford Central High School (now Lee Senior) in Sanford.

She married Edward A. Griffin in 1950. They were married for 58 years, until Ed’s death in 2008. During all of her married life she attended St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford, but her heart always remained with Gulf Presbyterian Church, the church of her childhood. She had many interests, local history and historic preservation in particular. She was for a number of years an officer in the Railroad House Historical Society and was instrumental in the publication of The Architectural History of Lee County. She spearheaded her family's gift to the Triangle Land Conservancy of land along Deep River which became McIver Landing, a popular launch for kayakers and canoe enthusiasts. But her family was her primary focus. She was devoted to her extended McIver family, and she took great joy in organizing a reunion picnic at the McIver house at Gulf in 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Griffin and wife, Molly, of Charlotte, and Bill Griffin and partner, Michael Forde, of Asheville; by seven grandchildren, Susan Holtz and husband Eric Holtz, Jay Barry and wife Erin Barry, Anne Miller and husband Mark Miller, Frances Shortell and husband Brendan Shortell, Charles Griffin, Mary Griffin and Margaret Griffin; by three great-grandchildren, Violet Holtz, Sylvia Holtz, and Griffin Barry; by a sister, Lois McIver Winstead, of Roxboro; by her niece, Ellen Taylor Hain, for whom she was guardian, after her parents’ deaths; and by many other nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her sister Henrietta McIver Taylor, her brother, William Dunlap McIver, by an infant son, Edward A. Griffin, Jr., and by her first husband, Bryan Taylor, who died in military service in Germany in 1945.

A graveside service is planned for 2:00 on Sunday, October 5th at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford.

Memorial gifts can be made to Gulf Presbyterian Church, PO Box 206, Gulf, NC 27256; or Triangle Land Conservancy, 514 South Duke St, Durham, NC 27701.

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