A Message from Heaven
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and
called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and
smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today for life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last.
Barbara Murphy - April 20. 2000
Loyce LaPlace - September 6, 2001
Bernie Matasci - November 23, 1931 - October 27, 2001
Perry Hankins - November 3, 2001
Carol Raine - August 8, 1930 - November 4, 2001
Alexandrine Evelyn Granvois Peterson - Oct. 29, 1928 - March 18, 2002
Ted Duane Merrill - October 29, 1937 - April 4, 2002
Margaret Thompston Price - July 28, 1912 - June 25, 2002
Jay Paul Harvey - October 9, 1936 - July 30, 2002
Lynn Murphy Arraterg - March 19, 1942 - July 21, 2003
Pierre Arratag - January 17, 1933 - Sept. 14, 2003
Hal Buss - December 6, 2003
Donna Pankhard - March 28, 1932 - March 17, 2004
John Flaherty - October 20, 1930 - April 21, 2004
Jim Modawell - November 2004
Bart Sidell - November 9, 1936 - December 12, 2004
Clara Ranalli - December 12, 1919 - December 29, 2004
James Brown - 2006
Helen Criss - November 2006
Jerry Lowrey - December 26, 2006
Travis Davis - January 10, 1921 - April 20, 2007
Noami Hewitt 2007
Leon S, Miernik - January 13, 1926 - October 10, 2007
Simon Pepilascov - October 28, 2007
Ray Matasci - November 9, 2007
Richard Sheehe - November 3, 2007
Vern Hoy - November 2007
George Cioli - December 26, 2007
Leroy Criss - May 20, 2008
Don Mason - June 26, 2008 -
HMC Club Founding Father - 1st HMC Club Vice Pres.
Gerrie Hunter - September 24, 1919 - August 12, 2008
Mike Cronin - February 4, 2009
Jack La Place - April 2009
Jack Downey - April 18, 2009
Lee Jewett - January 21, 2010
Eileen Hughes - February 6, 2010
Barbara Casement - September 2010
Jerry Hawkins - June 17, 2011
Jim Moir - 1915 - November, 2012
Andy Morency - August, 19, 1926 - October 4, 2011
John Tylka - April 7, 1930 - April 8, 2012
Kathleen Buckner November 14, 1946 - October 20, 2012
Don Panchard - August 16, 1927 - December 11, 2012
Gene "Geno" Harty November, 2013
Robert Valpey - February 18, 1924 - April 12, 2014
Thomas "Tom" Murphy - April 22, 2014
THarry Frey - February 26, 1923 - May 26, 2014
Richard "Mazz" Mazzarella - March 29, 2015
Dorothy "Dottie" Harty - May 11, 2015
Thomas "Tom" Edward Enos - Mar 29, 1931 - Oct. 1, 2014
HMC Club Vice President 1995 - 2013
Donald Duncan "Dunk" Hughes - May 29, 2015
HMC Club Vice President - San Diego 2002 - 2014
Tom Reed - June 8, 2015
Shirlee Ann Griffin - August 22, 2015
HMC Club Secretary 1993 - 2015
Owen Denver Curl - Dec. 23, 1923 - Oct. 1, 2015
Nancy Staudenmayer - Sept 6, 1936 - Nov 2015
Don Campbell - 2017
Phillis Hogue - June 2018
Louise Metzger - August 2018
Jerry Cale - August 31, 2018
The Following was written by Shirlee's husband Phil and read at her funeral. While the story was read, there was a slideshow of family photos. Very touching.
The Shirlee Griffin Story
Shirlee was born in Hollywood at a maternity hospital in 1935. Four years earlier her husband Phil had been born in the same hospital. She grew up in Universal City and went to North Hollywood High School. Phil went to North Hollywood High School and had graduated when Shirlee arrived.
On May 10, 1952, she went on a blind date with Phil. She had been asked to help out her friend Nancy because her boyfriend Hal wanted to fix up his best friend Phil for a date to the Ice Capades. On May 10, 1953, Phil and Shirlee were married.
He was going into the, Navy and did not want to leave a living doll for some other guy. He got assigned to Pearl Harbor on a fleet tug and they lived in Waikiki for a few months. Then it was time to blow up atomic bombs in the Marshall Islands. Phil went to sea and Shirlee came home and took care of her nephews Gary and Randy. Then it was back to Pearl Harbor for a few months; then to San Diego at the Recruit Training Command till release to inactive duty and Law School.
Shirlee soon became a mother of her son Michael while Phil finished his studies holding his baby son in his lap. Next, it was a career as a Deputy Attorney General and Shirlee gave birth to her daughter Cynthia.
The family moved from Universal City to Woodland Hills where they have always lived. Hal and Nancy got married and moved to the neighborhood and Hal is still there, Nancy having left us some years ago. In a few years Carolyn was born to complete the family.
George Richards was Phil’s childhood friend along with Hal in their Studio City neighborhood. Hal found a wife for George too. He married Shirley before Phil and Shirlee married.
In 1962, they introduced Phil and Shirlee to square dancing with the Traildusters and for 12 years and more every Thursday night was square dancing. A group of them were water skiers and in 1964 they invited Phil and Shirlee to Lake Shasta to camp and learn to water ski.
Shirlee and Phil learned to water ski and bought a ski boat. For many years this group of friends returned to Shasta and Trinity Lake every July for two weeks and also the Colorado River at Parker at Echo Lodge year after year. The group met at parties even long after the square dancing was over.
In particular, Phil and Shirlee held a Memorial weekend party every year and everyone was there. The gang also went camping on the beach before Easter below Ensenada and later Pismo to dig Pismo clams and make clam chowder for campfire. Another adventure was hunting in Colorado in October.
During the eighties and Nineties, Phil and Shirlee helped the Long Beach Grand Prix by parking the RV trackside to assist the ushers. Also during that period they raised 60 Golden Retriever puppies.
In 1973, Phil and Shirlee fulfilled a dream and bought a house with George and Shirley at Lake Arrowhead and the families still spend time there.
In 1990, Phil and Shirlee bought a Hawkins HMC motorhome and joined the HMC Club. In 1992, 65 members went to the Calgary Stampede. By 1993, Phil and Shirlee became President and Secretary.
Marvelous trips as far as the Maritimes of Canada and including New York, Chicago, Quebec, Niagara Falls, Branson, Albuquerque Balloon fiesta three times to mention a few. They visited almost every state. Shirlee was the one who made the HMC Club tick.
Phil and Shirlee are still in office after 22 years
of wonderful rallies with super people.
Shirlee devoted herself to her husband and her children and grandchildren all of her life to her very last weekend. At least once a week she drove to Long Beach and Huntington Beach to see her grandchildren Justin, Rachel and Danny. She took them to lunch and to their events such as soccer practice. She went to all the games and plays. She was an inspiration to everyone and loved by all.
Shirlee and Phil are the backbone of the HMC Club. There are no words to express how she will be missed by all the club members. There were over 100 friends and HMC Club members and FMCA HMC Club members who attended her funeral and afterwards attended a gathering at The Smoke Steakhouse in Toluca Lake, CA. It was a very sad for all.
From your webmaster:
We would like to thank all the HMC Club & CA FMCA HMC Chapter members
who attended Shirlee's funeral. There were over 100 members
and friends in attendance.
All your flowers and cards were appreciated.
The HMC Club will surely feel the loss of their beloved secretary
Shirlee was a dear friend to us all.
If any member has a story or photos
they would like to share on this memorial, please contact your webmaster.