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Paula Jo Griffin

June 24, 1953 – July 5, 2024

Paula Jo Griffin

It’s with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our beloved Paula Jo Griffin. Paula, 71, unexpectedly left us on July 5, 2024, in Cincinnati, OH. Paula endured a condition called retinitis pigmentosa that eventually took Paula Jo’s sight. Despite this challenge, she still enjoyed traveling, family, and never let her disability hinder her joy in life. She spent many years as a librarian at the Cincinnati Public Library before her retirement.

Paula leaves behind her devoted husband of 48 years, Carl Griffin, her loving children, Steven (Sara) Griffin and Kelly Griffin, step-daughter, Kim (Donald) Clark, step-siblings, Sandy Turner, David Turner, Mark (Cassie) Hopkins, Kathy Orebaugh, Lisa (Malcolm) Byrd and Gina (Mark) Morel, precious grandchildren, Boston, Maddy, Savannah, and Emma, as well as a wide circle of family and friends, including her best friend, Elaine Brady.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Albert and Marian Hopkins and brother Steven Hopkins. Paula was a member of the Groesbeck Methodist Church and was known for her exceptional cooking skills, particularly her renowned yeast biscuits and Thanksgiving feasts, her favorite holiday.

She found joy in family travels, especially to Gatlinburg, TN, making countless cherished memories with her grandchildren. She crocheted baby blankets for all her grandchildren, and made many extra blankets for fun. She loved cruising, exploring Alaska, and many other destinations with Carl and her family.

Funeral services for Paula Jo Griffin will be held at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231, on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, with visitation from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, when the funeral service will begin. Afterward, Paula Jo will be laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Gardens as her final resting place.

Memorial donations can be directed to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind at https://cincyblind.org/. Let’s come together to celebrate the life of Paula Jo Griffin and honor the legacy she leaves behind.



Tuesday, July 16, 2024 from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 1:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

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“Paula Jo, It was so sad to hear of your leaving this earth. We met when I was 12 years old. Your Dad married my mother and it wasn’t long before our blended family happily included you and Stephen. When I think of both of you, what stays in my mind are the smiles and laughter shared when you came to visit. You are easily one of the nicest, most genuine, and caring people I’ve ever known. I know this time is especially hard for Carl and your children. No words can heal their pain, but know your blended family is here to support them. You will be missed my beautiful sister, Paula. Thank you for sharing your love with us for over 6 decades.”

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“Paula, I love you and I’m going to miss our phone calls and teasing you. As a brother it was my job, but teasing you wasn’t my only goal, it was to hear your laugh. Carl, I love you as you are my brother and yes you will get those birthday and holiday calls. If there’s anything we can do for you all please ask. Mark and Cassie Hopkins”

“Wont be the same with out you my beautiful friend. Thankful for all our wonderful memories we have. Our great trips and our Elvis nights. Was so hard being there and not able to help you. My heart breaks for Carl, Steve, Kelly, Sara and your beautiful grandchildren . Life with out you will never be the same. God for sure got him a beautiful Angel. Forever in my heart and thoughts . Rest in peace my beautiful friend . Love Nana”

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“Carl Please know I am thinking of You, your children and grandchildren during this difficult time. Words can not describe how sorry I am for your loss. I will always remember Paula with fondness and fun memories. I am keeping you all in my heart and prayers.”

“God loves you so much, He couldn’t wait any longer for you to come home. ……….”

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“Carl, We were so sorry to hear of you loss. What ever shock we had learning of Paula’s passing only pales in comparison to yours. She and you both looked great when we so you just over a week ago. You were a wonderful couple. She was always so sweet. Please call us if there is anything we can do for you or to help you. I know your children and grandchildren are heartbroken as you are. We love you. Sue & Doug”

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