AUGUSTA -- Dr. Winifred Holmes Griffin, 96, of Augusta, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, of natural causes.
Winnie was born on April 4, 1916, in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Joseph W. and Bertha (Moser) Holmes.
She attended schools in Brockton, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y., graduating from Belmont High School, Belmont, Mass. Winnie attended the University of Rochester, N.Y., and the Boston School of Nursing, and became a registered nurse in 1941 while working at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then received her Bachelor's in Nursing Education from Columbia University in 1943 and a Master's in Nursing from Boston University in 1952. Winnie did her pre-doctoral studies with a concentration in psychology and geriatrics from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was rewarded for her life's work in nursing education with an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Honara Causa) from the University of Vermont in 1972.
Winnie was an assistant professor at Boston University School of Nursing, regional director of the New England Board of Higher Education, served on the New England Council of Higher Education in Nursing, was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and was nominated by the state of North Carolina to the Women's Forum for Contributions to the state of North Carolina. Winnie was married to George Francis Griffin, who passed way at their home in Waynesville, N.C., in 1991. She worked at hospitals in Massachusetts, Florida, and North Carolina. For a period of time, Winnie was a public health nurse in Maine. Early in her career she developed an interest in watercolor painting. Winnie was an accomplished water color artist well into her 90s.
Two brothers and their wives, Robert J. and Doris Holmes of Manchester, and Theodore M. and Floy Holmes, predeceased Winifred.
She is survived by one sister, Dorothea Holmes Eaton of Monrovia, Calif.; nieces Cynthia and Robert Britton of Duarte, Calif., Christine E. and Richard Dunning of Chatham, N.J.; nephews David J. Holmes and Jane of Plymouth, Robert J. Holmes and Virginia of Winter Springs, Fla., Theodore M. Holmes and Lynette of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Bruce M. Holmes and Pia of Manchester, and numerous great nieces and nephews.
There will be no memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Maine School of Nursing, 5724 Dunn Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5724.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta. Memories, condolences, photos, and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.