Andrea Leigh Webb Griffith, whose goodness and music nurtured the lives of all those who were around her, passed away on March 1, 2019.
She was born to Doris Herlihy Webb and Merle Winslow Webb on January 4, 1947 in Tucson, Arizona. She grew up in Tucson, where she graduated from Catalina High School. She and her younger sister Virginia Ann were as close as two sisters could be.
While attending the University of Arizona, she met Bruce Byron Griffith, a tall, masculine redhead, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Institute. Bruce pursued her with great tenacity. They were married for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple on April 12, 1968.
Over the years, she raised eight children, who were her greatest treasures: Corina, Gary, David, Cynthia, Julia, Keri, Amelia and John. She was the most patient, wonderful mother in the world and those qualities also made her the best grandmother to her 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
With a music teacher for a father, Andrea was destined to be musical. She played the flute and piano and later learned the organ, which she played for church services at an upbeat tempo the congregation appreciated. She was a master accompanist — she always made the singers sound better than they were and every note she played was felt. In college, she was in the University of Arizona's marching band and played in the first Super Bowl halftime.
Her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her family were the two most important things in her life and she often expressed that love through music.
Life Story Info
- Kearny, Arizona, United States
Religion and Beliefs
High SchoolCatalina High School
Andrea my dear, dear friend. How I miss you. You were one of three who put yourself out there to try to befriend me when we moved to the Kearny area. I'm so thankful you did. I love you and will miss you so very much. I heard that one of your kids said something to the effect that if you didn't make it to the Celestial kingdom then heaven help the rest of us. Truth!!! You are one of the sweetest, truest individuals I've ever known. Thank you for being my friend.
Gosh, I sure am going to miss you, my dear friend! There are too many wonderful stories I could tell about you, so I will just say that you were one of the biggest and best examples to me since I was a little girl. I never heard you speak ill of anyone, you had the best testimonies on fast Sunday, you had the best laugh and smile, and if I was ever having a bad day, you knew just how to cheer me up. You inspired me to be better, you gave the best compliments, and were always so positive. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had you in my life. I will cherish every memory I have of you. Thank you for being a friend and an amazing example to me! I love you!
Such an amazing lady, she will be greatly missed. She just played the organ and piano for my Mom's funeral in November. I looked forward to seeing her every time I went back home I knew she would be there playing for church. She was so sweet and kind to everyone. I am so sorry for your loss. Your entire family are in my prayers and thoughts at this most difficult time.
Apr 12, 1968
Andrea Leigh Webb Griffith and Bruce Byron Griffith