“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde
Linda Marie (Canales) Griffin, affectionately known as Nana, was the embodiment of Audre Lorde’s sentiment about power, strength, vision and fearlessness when she transitioned from this life Monday, February 3, 2020 peacefully at her home. She was born April 25, 1946 in Battle Creek, MI to Alcano Canales and Edna Lucille Marie (Gardener) Canales. She spent most of her life in the Battle Creek area graduating in 1964 from Battle Creek Central High School.
Throughout her life Linda was known as a mother, sister, grandmother, and friend to several. She made caring for her loved ones a priority; opening her home to many and was affectionately known as “Aunt Linda” or “Nana” by several in the community. She loved fishing, playing cards, reading, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Linda worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Battle Creek Community Hospital for 30 years and later worked for Progressive Residential Services (PRS) for 6 years until retiring in 2007. In addition to her career she was also a loving and committed wife of 46 years to her husband Kenneth - a love that was like no other and that she held dearly even after his death. Her favorite saying was “Peace be still,” and her family is certain that her mind, body and spirit now rests at peace with the love of her life - a path made possible by everlasting love.
Linda leaves to cherish her life and carry forward her legacy her mother-in-law, Mable Grant; brother-in-law, Duane (Selena) Griffin; sons, Kenneth Griffin Jr. and Kevin (Stephanie) Early; daughters, Melinda Early, Kela Griffin, Desiree Turner, Carmanita Graham, Kimberly Moore, Darlene Caper, Zina (George) Weems, and Marquita Taylor; and 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and extended family as well as her close friends, George Bell and Ida May Artis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth D. Griffin Sr.; son, Anthony "Tony" McCant; granddaughter, Patrice Griffin; great grandson, Kyshawn Stein; niece, Cassandra “Mikki” Griffin; brothers, Theodore Canales, Al Canales, Jr., George Walter Canales, Charles William Canales, and John Edward Canales; sister, Lillian Josephine Canales Coy; and special friends, Vivian Kay Pierce and Gerri Atkinson.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who has provided love and support during their time of grief in the passing of her beloved Husband Kenneth D. Griffin and now in her transition to his loving arms.
Visitation and Family Hour will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Home on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. Funeral Services will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:30am at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church.
For friends and family seeking to honor her life, memorial tributes can be made in her name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society. If you would like to reflect on her life and her impact you may also leave your condolences on her digital memory page at https://bachmanhebble.com/book-of-memories/4100469/Griffin-Linda/index.php.