Marian heath griffin was dubbed as a ‘come here’ person when she first came to live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband, Bertrand griffin. She served as a licensed professional counselor and student administrator at southern university for thirty-six years, the last seven years she served as director of international student services. After retiring from S.U. she decided to use her master’s degree in mass communications and journalism and her god given talent to write her family stories and people’s history. She also delved into photography as a hobby and took several courses in photography. She has taken thousands of pictures around the world.
Griffin graduated from Delaware state university with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, a master’s degree in social work at Atlanta University, a master’s program from the interdenominational theological center in Atlanta, Georgia, a master’s degree from the New Orleans Baptist theological seminary. She did further study at Louisiana state university and northwestern university in Evanston, Illinois.
Griffin has worked with all age levels, children, youth and adults most of her career and has organized cherubim choirs for several churches, including St. Mark cherubim choir that she organized forty- eight years ago. She still plays for this choir and is proud of her choir members past and present.
Griffin established a ninety-plus group of senior citizens at her church, St. Mark united Methodist church, and has programs for and with them. Of the eleven members, six are over one hundred years old.
Griffin enjoys traveling with her husband, Bertrand, Sr. and family, having seen all fifty states of america, and six of the seven continents. She is the mother of Bertrand, ii, (Kotosha), Karen (Keith Phenix, who edits her books), and Michael (Tracie.) Her eight adorable grandchildren are Nia, Kiara, Christian-Paris, Michael, II, Ameliagrai, Victoria, Olivia and Sophia. She has two grand-god children, Amelia and warren pleasant, and two great nieces, Whitney cannon heath and Amoree (Griffin) sanders as well as a great grandchild, Kieomi Phenix.
Her sister, Nancy heath Kellam and her brother-in-law, albert Kellam are also her travel buddies and have always gone along for the ride or the flight.