Laverne S. Griggs Hiemstra

Laverne S. Griggs Hiemstra, age 96, died on Sept. 29, 2020 at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City, KS. She was born on Dec. 13, 1923 in Plymouth County, Iowa, the daughter of Ray E. and Elsie (Hanson) Olson. She married Douglas Griggs on Aug. 16, 1946 at Marcus, Iowa. He died on Jan. 22, 1983. She later married Harley Hiemstra on July 7, 1995. He died on April 1, 2011.


Laverne graduated high school in 1941 and completed business colleges in Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha, NE. She started working with the National Business Training School and later at the Sioux City Stock Yards. While living in Sioux City she was a member of Morningside Lutheran Church and Order Of Eastern Star Morningside Chapter 502. They returned to Sioux City and in 1960 moved to Kansas City where she was a charter member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park. In 1963 they moved to Garden City, KS. where she joined St James Lutheran Church and was head of the Altar Guild for many years, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes and enjoyed her flowers, playing the organ and piano, water color painting and porcelain china painting. She was a past Cub Scout Den Mother and assisted with Girl Scouts.


She is survived by her son, Mark Griggs of Salina, KS, daughter, Karen Cannaley of Garden City, KS, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two step-sons, Randy Hiemstra of Kingsley, Iowa and Dr. Ron Hiemstra of St Petersburg, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sister- Dorothy Papa, granddaughter- Kasandra Cannaley and step-daughter, Linae Hiemstra.


Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St James Lutheran Church in Garden City, KS. Graveside Service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to St James Lutheran Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com