Patricia “Tris” Griffin Loken -- Fair Oaks, Calif.
Patricia “Tris” Griffin Loken, 89, of Fair Oaks, Calif., formerly of Stewartville, died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, of congestive heart failure at Mercy Folsom Hospital in Folsom, Calif.
Patricia Ann Griffin was born on Sept. 16, 1929, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, to Patrick and Margaret (Tharalson) Griffin. She grew up in Stewartville, where she attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1947. She entered Saint Marys School of Nursing in Rochester, graduating with her RN degree.
With wings on her heels, she moved with some fellow students to California, where she was employed as a nurse at the VA Hospital in Los Angles for a year, then returning to Stewartville and employment as a nurse at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
In 1954, Tris’ wings took her to New Haven, Conn., where she roomed with nurse friends and was employed as a nurse at Grace New Haven Hospital, was a visiting nurse (VN) in The Bronx, N.Y., and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at New Haven State Teachers College. In 1956, Tris was married to 1st/Lt. Virgil “Lars” Loken (USAF) at St. Patricks Cathedral in New York City.
Lars, born and raised in Byron, had a 20-year career as a jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and his family followed him to many different assignments.
Daughter Ann was born in Wareham, Mass. Son James was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, D.C. Son Mike was born in Japan and Matt and Eric in Wichita, Kan.
In 1972, the Loken family moved to Lompoc, Calif., where Lars ended his career at Vandenberg Air Force Base, retiring in 1978. That same year Tris and Lars became Baskin-Robbins franchisees for the past 40 years in Fair Oaks.
Tris was a past VN in Solvang, Calif., and volunteered as a docent at the Crocker Art Museum for over 17 years and always raved about its wonderful staff.
Tris was a very interested listener, who never spoke ill of anyone, nor would she pass on gossip. She always saw the bright side of people, a priceless gift to emulate. Tris’ wings have carried her on a final flight — from a devoted and loving family to be with the Father in heaven.
Tris is survived by her husband, Lars; one daughter and three sons — Ann (Bob) Wolf, James Loken, Michael (Jayne) Loken and Eric Loken, all of Fair Oaks, Calif.; five grandchildren, David (Danielle) Wolf, Sarah (Tony) Amezcua, Matthew Loken, Kathryn Loken and Patrick Loken; three great-grandchildren, Camille, Emmalene and Andrew; and her sister, Gerri (Larry) Gray of Stewartville; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew; her parents; and her sister, Jean, and her husband, Ward Oliver.
A memorial service to honor Tris’ life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Sun River Church, 11223 Trinity River Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. The Loken Family suggests memorials to the Salavation Army, Tris’ favorite charity.
California arrangements are with Millers F.H. in Folsom, Calif., and local arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Online condolences and memories of Tris are welcome at www.millerfuneralhomefolsom.net and www.griffin-gray.com.