Reta Kaye Griffin, 69, was born Reta Kaye Ream on Nov. 16, 1945 in Pasadena, Calif. to Byron and Emma Ream, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughter Amy Doerfler, (husband Michael Doerfler) and grandchildren Jacob and Ashley Doerfler. She lived a majority of her childhood in Salem, with some time spent in Iowa.
As a teen Reta was the main support for her family and worked at the Elsinore Theater and Big Eddy’s. In her 20s she traveled across the United States to Massachusetts where she met John B. Griffin and married in 1968. John had two daughters from a previous marriage, Nadine and Debbie. In 1973 Reta gave birth to her only daughter, Amy.
In 1975, Reta and Amy moved back to Oregon. There she received an associate’s degree in drafting and used her artistic gift to create manufacturing plans. In 1988 she changed careers and became a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell, now known as CenturyLink. She was ecstatic when her grandchildren Jacob and Ashley were born in 2000 and 2001 respectively and loved them deeply.
Her capacity to love, creativity and excitement for life will be missed by everyone who knew her.
A memorial service will be on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, held at Keizer Clear Lake United Methodist Church 7920 Wheatland Road NE in Keizer. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.