Catherine Herrick Griffin

FRANKLIN — Catherine Herrick Griffin, 82, died May 25, 2014, at Golden Acres after a long illness. She was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Brewer, the daughter of Robert W. and Sara J. (Astbury) Herrick.

Catherine was the youngest of 10 children who grew up on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1949. Cathy married George T. Tracy of Addison in 1950; the marriage later ended in divorce. In 1956, she married Gordon M. Swett in Boston. They resided in Ellsworth until his untimely death on July 15, 1977. They enjoyed family vacations at Flanders Pond, playing cards with friends, attending Shrine events and family get-togethers.

Cathy later married Herman “Whitey” Griffin and they lived at Meadowview Apartments, Ellsworth. He passed away in 1989. She worked several years at Collier’s Nursing Home as a CNA. She also worked at Courtland Rehab & Living Center as a CNA and assistant activity director. After retirement, she loved playing Liverpool rummy with her sisters, family and friends. She was a former member of the Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls, Bayside Grange, and Irene Chapter No. 97 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her children, Debbie Tracy Winters and husband, Steve, of Forks, Wash., David Tracy and wife, Sue, of Trenton, Keith Swett and wife, Andrea, of Ellsworth, Karen Swett Rogers and husband, Jeffrey, of Eastbrook, Joanne Swett Merchant of Panama City Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Linscott of Ellsworth; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Leamon, Ernest, Harold, Frank, and Bud Herrick; sisters, Evelyn Moore, Helen Cushing and most recently Doris Hamilton; grandson, Jamie Childers; and best friend, Barbara Colson.

Calling hours will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth where a funeral service will be held at 3 pm, Friday, May 30 with Pastor Bob Maddocks officiating. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. Contributions in Cathy’s memory may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at

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