Obituary of Maria Griffin(Collins)
Maria Griffin(Collins), born in Ireland September 1933, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2021. Maria moved to Florida in 1950, joined the order of Sister of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, where she stayed for 20 years. After receiving a BS degree from Barry College in Miami she taught, for 17 years, in several Catholic schools throughout Florida. After receiving a MS degree from Southern Connecticut Stat University in New Haven, in 1970, she accepted a teacher's position from Pinellas County at Melrose Elementary. She later became Media Specialist at the same school. Maria worked there for 25 years. In 1995 she retired where she enjoyed swimming, traveling and writing. In 1997 she joined the Pinellas Writiers(Pinawor) and wrote her autobiography, " Choices Galore". She continued to write short stories until the death of her husband, Ron, in 2008. Maria was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister.
Maria was preceeded in death by her husband Ron, her parents, John and Kate Collins, her three brothers Jimmy Mickey, and Tom and her six sisters Maureen, Bridget, Sally, Annie, Peggy and Kathleen.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church 7851 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709 on October 26th at 10am. She wil lbe interred at Royal Palm North Cemetery