Virginia S. Griffin, 92

Real estate broker

July 31, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Virginia S. Griffin, a retired real estate broker and longtime Reisterstown resident, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Golden Living Nursing Home in Westminster. She was 92.

Virginia Shugars was born in Shippensburg, Pa., and moved with her family to Hancock in 1925.

After graduating from Hancock High School in 1933, she moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from Strayer's Business College.

She went to work for the newly established Social Security Administration, which was then in downtown Baltimore in the Candler Building.

Mrs. Griffin earned her real estate license in 1952 and joined the firm of Sigler & McGary.

In the late 1960s, she established Virginia S. Griffin Realty, a Reisterstown real estate company, which she owned and operated until retiring in 1980.

Mrs. Griffin was the second woman in the 102-year history of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore to serve as a director of the organization, family members said.

She had been a longtime member of the Reisterstown Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of the Lioness Club of Reisterstown. She was a founder of the Soroptimist International Club of Reisterstown and was a member of the Democratic Club of the 4th District.

Mrs. Griffin was a past president of the Women's Club of Glyndon and was a member of the Glyndon United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed painting in oils and was known for her landscapes.

Her husband of 39 years, James J. Griffin, a real estate broker, died in 1974. She was married for 10 years to M. Fred Cooper, a real estate developer, who died in 1996.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Patapsco United Methodist Church, 2930 Patapsco Road in Finksburg.

Surviving are two sons, David R. Griffin of Westminster and Paul S. Griffin of Surfside Beach, S.C.; a daughter, Veronica Griffin "Ronnie" Eichelberger of Towson; a brother, David Shugars Jr. of Deep Creek Lake; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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