Jacqueline (Jackie) Kay (Oster) Griffin, 74, earned her angel wings on March 29, 2023 after complications from heart surgery.
A memorial service will take place at 4:30 PM, Friday, June 16, 2023 at Eastgate Funeral Service in Bismarck, ND.
Jackie was born June 16, 1948, the oldest child of Marge and Jack Oster. She grew up in Regan, ND and graduated in 1966. She married Thomas Schmidt in 1968 and to that union two sons were born: David and Jason (JT). JT tragically passed away in 1977 at the age of two.
Jackie married Don Griffin in 1983, and they were married 40 years in January. In the early years of their marriage, they were avid boaters. The times at the lake with their boat and friends were some of the best times and life-long friendships were made.
Jackie worked for several dental offices in both Bismarck and Mandan. She retired several years ago.
Jackie was a beautiful soul, warm and kind to all who knew her. She could light up a room with her smile and people were drawn to her. Jackie was a social butterfly and enjoyed being with people; she was always ready and willing to go “in on the pull tabs”, usually winning. Jackie was one-of-a-kind and touched the hearts of many. To say she will be missed is truly an understatement.
Jackie’s health began to deteriorate in the last few years, but she still had that smile and warm hugs. She fought so hard to overcome several complications from her heart surgery, but her body grew weary and God called her home.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Don Griffin, Bismarck; son, David Schmidt (Carrie Miller), Mandan; bonus children, Dana (Bill) Cook, Wichita, KS; Dan Griffin, Mandan; brother, Bert (Heidi) Oster, Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Sonja (Brad) King, Bismarck; Joyce (Kevin) Wike, Peoria, AZ; granddaughters, Sheree (Glenn) Dewitz, Mandan; Brittany Pierce and Mikaila Cook, Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren, Brantley and Mahki, Mandan, Nicholas and Jamie Pierce, Wichita, KS; nieces, nephews, and so many special friends.
Jackie was preceded in death by son, JT Schmidt; parents, Jack and Marge Oster; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Fly high sweet Jack-O! Where there is great grief there was great love.
We will all be together again and have a Russian cocktail together.