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JoAnn Cotten

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JoAnn Cotten

Children: 4
Grandchildren: 7

Favorite teachers/class:
Bert Sutherland
Chileon Halladay
John Clark
Betty Govern


Brief update on life since leaving Tooele High School:
I left school in 1950 to marry my first and only love, Bill Griffith. Our four children and seven grandchildren have been our greatest pride and enjoyment.

In 1969 I returned to school and graduated from Jordan High. In 1970 I attended the University of Utah. Throughout our marriage, Bill and I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, most recently taking our entire family on a seven day cruise of the Caribbean (June 2000), celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

October 28th 1999, I suffered a brain aneurysm. After seven hours of surgery, I spent 32 days in the University Hospital neuro-trauma ward, of which I remember only four. Miraculously, I made a full and complete recovery. I thank my doctors and nurses, and the constant hopes and prayers of my family and friends. Bill was there for me literally, every minute. With few limitations, I have a great attitude and a renewed zest for life. My surgeon calls me his miracle.

I am so thankful for the memories of the past, which include all of you. I have changed with my illness. I look at life with more patience and tolerance, and I enjoy all aspects of every day. I am less judgmental, and I believe in unconditional love. I am a lucky one, given a new chance at life, and I intend to live it to the fullest degree.


Married: July 21, 1950. Lived in Alabama, California and Maine, while Bill was in the Air Force. Settled in Salt Lake City, then retired in St. George, Utah.

Traveled all of Europe (several times), including Russia. Traveled all of South America. We have also been on several cruises.

Bill retired in 1987. Our son Billy took over Griffith Plumbing Company in Salt Lake, founded by Bill and his brother Dan. Becky lives in Salt Lake City with her husband of 28 years, Mike Kearns. Marty is a cardio-vascular account manager for Medtronics, and resides with his wife Maria and their children in Raleigh, NC. Joni is assistant director of public relations at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University Center. My dear mother is now 93 years old, and living in Price, Utah, near my sister, Lois.

My hobbies include traveling and reading. My best subject in school was English.

My only regret in life is that I did not further my education.


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