Lena Frances McGriff Day

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WHEREAS, today family and friends have gathered together to honor and celebrate Upper Darby resident, Lena Frances McGriff, as she turns 100;

WHEREAS, Lena Frances McGriff was born on December 14th, 1917 in Ensley, Alabama to the late Edward and Hattie Overton;

WHEREAS, Lena Frances McGriff was the fourth of five children and had three sisters, Lilly Bell, Marie, and Hattie, and one brother, Samuel; and was educated in the Alabama school system up to the 9th grade;

WHEREAS, in 1937 her fatherís work as a coal miner caused them to relocate to Logan, West Virginia where she attended Aracoma High School;

WHEREAS, upon graduating from high school, Lena moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where in 1948, she met and married her husband, Edward McGriff and relocated to Philadelphia;

WHEREAS, their first home was located at 637 N. 41st Street, in the heart of West Philadelphia, and, in 1977, moved to 1517 S. Vodges Street in South West Philadelphia where she has been for 45 years;

WHEREAS, Lena Francis McGriff has two children, Ronald Thompson and Deborah Rucker; seven grandchildren and nine, great grandchildren;

WHEREAS, Lena Frances McGriff has been a nurturing and natural caretaker to everyone in her life who all love and cherish her deeply;

WHEREAS, I am honored to recognize Lena Frances MGriff and wish to express my best wishes as she celebrates this milestone in her life;

NOW, THEREFORE I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with my fellow members of Upper Darby Council, do hereby proclaim Saturday, December 16, 2017 as

Lena Frances McGriff Day

in Upper Darby Township and urge my fellow citizens to join with me in saying Happy 100th Birthday to Lena and in wishing her continued health and happiness in the days, months and years to come.