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Mary "Mimi" Griffin-Jones

August 15, 1922 - March 7, 2015

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Mimi Griffin-Jones M.D. died March 7, 2015 in the loving presence of family at Drake Terrace in San Rafael. Born Mary Lindley Murray in New York City to Dorothy Lee Griggs and Francis King Murray, Mimi was a direct descendant of her namesake, the Revolutionary War heroine, Mary Lindley Murray.
Mimi was an unassuming yet dignified woman. She was highly intelligent, musical and artistic, with a profound social conscience. She was inclusive, gracious and kind, proud of her Scottish Murray heritage, elegant yet casual. With her generous spirit and easy laugh, she made friends everywhere. She was an intrepid traveler. Mimi loved Nature, babies and family; she delighted in all living things.
After Mimi’s father died when she was 6, her mother brought the 3 children to live near his parents in Palo Alto. Mimi’s grandfather was a pioneer Classics professor at Stanford. Among the first women to enroll in Stanford Medical School, Mimi graduated in 1946 Phi Beta Kappa. She married a fellow student, Dr. L. Martin (Marty) Griffin Jr. in 1945. Mimi and Marty moved to Marin County and raised their four daughters in Kentfield. Mimi was a devoted Girl Scout leader for her girls and their friends. Home life included an array of cats, dogs, a cockatiel, guppies, turtles and more. There were many parties and celebrations. Mimi was a fabulous hostess.
While raising her family, Mimi worked as a pediatrician for the Marin County Health Department at the Well Baby Clinics across the County, helping mothers and children from all walks of life.
The family traveled often. They stayed at Mimi’s mother’s home in Carmel, “The Pink House.” They hiked, camped in the High Sierra and river rafted throughout the west. In 1962 the family traveled to Alaska, cruising the Inside Passage. They spent many Christmas holidays in Hawaii, having first visited the islands in 1959, sailing from San Francisco aboard the SS Lurline. In 1963 the Griffins moved to Europe for a year, settling in Florence, Italy where Mimi learned Italian and studied life drawing. In 1966 the family hosted an exchange student from Uruguay, Raquel Servetti Cross.
After her retirement and divorce, Mimi continued to travel. She went to Egypt, China, Australia, South and Central America, and Mexico. She rafted and canoed many rivers. She loved birds and wildflowers and had a keen memory for both common and Latin names. Mimi made lifetime friends with her traveling companions. She was a wonderful correspondent and sent over 200 holiday letters each year.
Mimi was generous with her time and support to many charitable organizations. She helped found Action for Nature, an international non-profit that encourages young people to respect and take personal action for the Earth. She was a founding board member of Buckelew Programs of Marin. She was a lifetime supporter of the American Friends Service Committee, honoring her Quaker heritage. She loved to visit the animals at WildCare in San Rafael and was a benefactor. Mimi was a longtime patron of the Marin Symphony. She was also a founding board member of the Bolinas Museum. Gina’s Patio at the museum is named in memory of Mimi’s granddaughter who died of leukemia in 1998. Mimi honored her Alma Mater as a generous donor to Stanford Medical School.
Mimi enjoyed singing and had a beautiful voice. She knew the words to countless songs and always had one at the ready for any occasion. Mimi loved art and was an accomplished watercolorist. She recited and wrote whimsical narrative poems. Mimi authored and published a short book with illustrations by her friend, Chronicle cartoonist Phil Frank, entitled “The True Tale of a Tough Tiburon Tabby.”
In 1990 Mimi married Clinton Jones III of Ross, and they moved to Tiburon. The couple traveled to Russia and Europe. They explored the United States and Canada, visiting friends and family, for graduations and marriages. Favorite trips in California were to Yosemite and the Carmel Bach Festival. They frequented Bay Area museums and cultural events. Mimi and Clint spent many happy weekends at the family cottage on Bolinas Lagoon. Mimi hiked the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais well into her eighties with her much loved hiking group, the “Greywackes.”
Mimi is survived by her husband, Clinton Jones III of San Rafael; her daughters, Linda Henke of Salinas, Anne Lynn (Daniel Oliver) of Aptos, Carol Griffin of San Rafael and Joan Griffin of Novato; five grandchildren, Casey Monaco (Shannon) of Santa Rosa, Steve Markgraf (Masha) of San Francisco, Greg Lynn (Molly) of San Francisco, Erika Schiller (Rob) of San Francisco, and Kira Kull of New York City; two great grandchildren, Tyler and Jordan Monaco of Santa Rosa; her brother, Dr. Douglas Murray (Molly) of Ft. Collins, Colorado; her former husband, Dr. L. Martin Griffin (Joyce) of Belvedere, and many adoring nieces, nephews and friends. Mimi was predeceased by her parents, her sister Carolyn (Tee) Child, and granddaughter Gina Marin Monaco.
A celebration of Mimi’s life will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 2pm, at the Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, 145 Rock Hill Drive. Donations may be made in Mimi’s name to Action for Nature (415-922-6155), the Bolinas Museum (415-868-0330), or WildCare (415-456-7283). The family wishes to thank Hospice by the Bay, Drake Terrace, niece Martha Salzman Aleck and Patty Boggs, companion extraordinaire. You may wish to share condolences and reflections at AdobeCreekFuneralHome.com