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Shirley Griswold

March 30, 1927 — September 30, 2021

Coffeyville, Kansas

Shirley Griswold

Shirley Dene Griswold age 94, of Coffeyville, Kansas died September 30, 2021, at her home with her daughter holding her hand.

Shirley was born on March 30, 1927 in Neodesha, Kansas to Dean V. and Elma Minnie “Sarah” (Wilson) Nichols. She graduated from Chanute High School.

On December 31, 1956 Shirley married the love of her life Isaac Ray Griswold. Together they raised three children, Linda Gail Sheline (Norman), Tracy Dene Sandon (Mark) and Brian Ray Griswold (Ginny).  Shirley worked at Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator for 24 years, Gibson’s for 20 years and Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel for 20 years. In her free time she enjoyed collecting dolls and showcased a collection of over 200. She also loved to play cards, go camping and enjoyed watching her favorite television shows Wheel of Fortune and the Antique Road Show.  Shirley was a talented seamstress making outfits for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During the holiday season was her favorite time to make family memories. Besides family Shirley enjoyed a variety of pets including her chihuahuas, parakeets and Chops the cat. She was also a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Coffeyville.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Dean V. and Sarah Nichols; her sister, Dorothy Busby; her husband, Isaac Ray and her nephew, Steven Dean Muninger.

Survivors include three children Linda Gail Sheline (Norman), Tracy Dene Sandon (Mark) and Brian Ray Griswold (Ginny); eight grandchildren, Lonny Brinker and Shawna (Brinker) Shorb (Joe) of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Katelyn (Sandon) Darling (Brandon) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Kayloni Sandon of Phoenix, Arizona, Eric Sandon (Calli) of Independence, Kansas, Brian Sandon (Michelle) of Nevada, Missouri, Jarrod Ray Griswold (Faith) of Joplin, Missouri, Ashley Griswold of Dubuque, Iowa; and ten great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Shirley will be laid next to her husband Ray in Fairview Cemetery. The family has requested memorial contributions to be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Shirley’s memory. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online message of condolence visit

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