Sadly, I post the latest news as given to me by our swim coach:
It is my sad responsibility to be the messenger of unhappy news I never, ever thought I would send.
Dorothy Barnett-Griffin, wife, mother of three, sister, daughter, philanthropist, athlete, friend to hundreds and more of an Ironwoman then all the Ironmen I have ever known, passed from this frail existence today November 8, 2007. Dorothy will be missed.
She was a punctilious pink presence everywhere she went. She opened her heart and her home and her purse to so many. She was a woman of opinions clearly stated and a wit and wisdom equally measured out in ample doses to lift or lead others as needed. She was a magnificent woman.
She was intolerant of fools and incompetence but had a heart so big that she became the epitome to many of faith and hope and charity – but like Paul writing to the Corinthians, charity was her greatest quest. As a result of losing her first husband to a sudden tragic death, she became familiar with and then a huge supporter of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, Texas. In fact she was racing in the Ironman to raise funds for this organization. (For more information see http://www.johgriefsupport.org/founders.htm)
We honor best not with flowers and cards and well-used expressions of sympathy but by imitating and emulating the worthy life of another. You could do far worse than to follow the admonishment to go and try to be like Dorothy.
On her way into Heaven I can hear her saying as she speedily passes dawdling others shuffling slowly along - just like she did in many a race:
"Girl on your left."
We are diminished greatly by her leaving, we are all magnified for having had her in our lives.
Please pray for Mike and Dorothy's kids.
-- Dave Young, Coach, North Texas Masters Swimming
And there is this from Dorothy's best friend:
Upbeat, caring, inspirational, crazy, pink, beautiful, funny, happy, determined, giving, intelligent, great mother, loving wife, and one of our dearest friends. This is how we will remember our Dorothy. Today Dorothy said goodbye to this world and moved on into the hands of the Lord. She left doing what she loved and for a cause she was so passionate. The Journey of Hope http://www.johgriefsupport.org/founders.htm .
Her organs were donated so she will save several lives and a part of her will live on within them. Her soul will move on to the Lord where it will be loved and cherished. I'm sure she will have him grinning from ear to ear just as she makes us all smile in her presence. Our prayers focus now on those trying to understand and deal with their loss.
Please pray for Mike, the kids, and all their families during this very difficult time. When I learn more about how we will celebrate her life I will pass that information on to everyone.
Many of you are asking what you can do to help. Once I know more about their plans we can coordinate meals and any other areas where Mike feels they may need assistance. I attached a couple of pictures I thought I would share with you. I will also keep all of you in my prayers as well as I know you are mourning her passing as I am.
Communicating with you has helped support me to deal with this tragic event. Thanks again for all your thoughts and continued prayers.
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I am fortunate I had the opportunity to train with Dorothy as we were members of the same triathlon team. Although we were only acquaintances I can personally say the words written above about her character were apparent within minutes of our first meeting. Her absence will leave an Ironman-sized void in our small community of athletes. Her spirit and influence will be forgotten by none.
Fare thee well, our teammate... fare thee well.-- Brian "TriBoomer"