GRIFFIN, Corinne Cecilia

Corinne Griffin

Corinne Cecilia Griffin was born April 24, 1966, as the precious last of 5 daughters born into the loving home of Paul and Louise Griffin. Corinne went to her Eternal home in time to spend Easter with her Savior, Jesus , on March 31st at 3:30 am. After a 34 month long battle against brain cancer, that stripped her of every ability she had from birth or ever learned, Corinne is now totally NEW and “More Alive Than She Has Ever Been!” Corinne was a gifted , self taught hobby photographer, who saw in every successful shot, the example of God’s perfect timing! She loved to challenge her following to pick out wildlife camouflaged within the often unique settings of her beautiful photos. With a strong love for the agriculture world, anything “Farm” was a target for her mega lens, and she especially positioned herself to capture stunning harvest scenes. An artist also, her Ink drawings were sharply detailed and her source of inspiration was often her photo stock. Corinne also had a keen interest in specialized competitive dog training. She could often be seen putting her dog thru its paces of obedience or tracking in Linden village and surrounding area. She embraced a “High Reward” form of training and it was impressive to witness the level of connection she and her dog shared! Corinne accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in grade 11, while attending a church service as a visitor. The Gospel message found it’s mark, and she began her continuous life of faith. Corinne loved the Word of God, and it was especially realized by her congregation family of the Cochrane Cowboy Trail church.She excelled at reading the Scripture publicly during their service. Corinne’s God given character strengths of courage, compassion, and determination, saw her thru numerous troubles and trials in her shortened years of life. While some of God’s ways were a mystery, MORE OF HIS WAYS displayed His EXTREME LOVE FOR CORINNE ! As JESUS moved within people’s hearts to help Corinne, she was never without a ride when needed, whether to treatment or testing, or just to go for a drive. God ensured Corinne the priceless company of long established friends, as well as extra special new people He had put in place “For a time such as this.” When night sleeping became a problem, Linden Citizens on Patrol welcomed her into their “Family” and facilitated her realizing rarer “purpose in life” by being able to patrol the Village watching for criminal activity. Some time later, when she had to give up her much treasured driver’s license , Corinne was concerned that returning her prized pretty blue GMC truck ahead of it’s lease buyout was going to damage her hard won “Credit Rating!” But, when her palliative cancer status was explained to Kipp Scott, by her salesman, the dealership respectfully and compassionately took return of the truck, and arranged for Corinne to have a paper copy of the “Paid in full” receipt to ease her mind, that all was well. God gifted Corinne with a blanket of compassionate people to accompany her on her frightening, everchanging trial, starting with the very first people she met at the Foothills Hospital for her first of 2 brain surgeries. They were followed by the kindest staff and volunteers at The Tom Baker Cancer Center. Kneehill Palliative Care , Home care, AHS Paramedics and the Three Hills Hospital staff all provided respective levels of merciful understanding at painfully difficult life changing times in Corinne’s world. And, this writer benefitted equally from their care. And then, GOD “PARTED THE WATERS” enabling Corinne to access her ongoing desire to live out her last earthly time at the coveted “Westview Care Community” in Linden. When Corinne entered hospital 16 weeks earlier, never to return to her cherished farm home, COVID restrictions made access to Westview pretty much a “No Go.” Suddenly, with short notice, Corinne became a resident and spent the last 3 weeks of her life in the tender care of their loving staff. From the grand “Welcome” Corinne received coming into the residence , to the tender” HONOR GUARD” that escorted her exit after she had gone to her “Heavenly Home” and precious , thoughtful gifts in between, that JESUS enabled our family to experience this, will be recalled each time Corinne’s story is told! Corinne chose early on in her cancer fight, to donate her body to the Cummins School of Medicine , as to give purpose to her lot in life. She kept a detailed journal of her experiences that is being passed on to her Oncology team. She will remain in the school’s care for 3 years. To honor Corinne now, a memorial bench will hopefully be placed in the Linden Coulee park, in such a place that the wildlife can be easily seen.....she would like that. A family remembrance will be held in the future. Corinne was predeceased by her father Paul, her baby brother Gregory, and her oldest sister Jacqueline. Her mother Louise, sisters Pat, Jocelyn(Terri) and Colette(Don) along with many relatives and friends who showed their deep love for Corinne , will be keeping the memory of her courageous life alive. Donations in Corinne’s memory would be much appreciated by Westview Care Community, Palliative care (Linden), The Mustard Seed in Calgary, or the Canadian Cancer Society (Brain Cancer research).