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Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Family will greet visitors following the service.


Friday, September 15, 2017
1:00 pm
Fort Des Moines Church of Christ
244 E. Army Post Road
Des Moines


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Michelle C. Griffiths

Michelle C. Griffiths, 44, of Indianola, IA passed away on September 3, 2017 from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident. Michelle was born on February 26, 1973 in Iowa City to Marcus and Christina Cooney.

Michelle will be remembered for her enduring love and compassion to the many lives that she has touched.

Michelle enjoyed many things in life. Many know of her contiguous laugh. It was very difficult not to laugh as well. One of her many hobbies was photography and refurbishing old furniture. She also loved cooking. Many of people’s favorite food recipes of hers were her famous spaghetti and her Sweet Tea.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Isaac and Jacob; her father, Marcus and his companion Nell Ustler; her mother, Christina and husband Ed Barker; siblings, Bobby, Mandy, Sally and Shawna; niece, Ava; nephews, Michael, Noah and Mason; her ex-husband Brian Griffiths; beloved life-long friend and companion Jack Stout; and many other extended family and beloved friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th at Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, 244 E. Army Post Road in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Michelle’s family.

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