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Celebrating the life of

Nellie "Ayn" Hatchell-Griffin

Passed away on August 22, 2021

Nellie

Nellie “Ayn” Hatchell-Griffin, 68, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 22, 2021 with her loving family by her side. 

Ayn was born in Horry County, South Carolina, daughter of Robert C. and Nellie Hyatt Hatchell.  After graduating from high school, Ayn enlisted in the United States Army serving stateside during the Vietnam War.  After she was honorably discharged, she attended nursing school in Savannah graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Ayn served for several years as the clinical educator for the operating room at Memorial Hospital.  Later, for many years she was an O/R nurse at Candler Hospital.  Ayn’s passion was preparing gourmet meals for her family and friends and spending time in her garden.

Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Todd D. Griffin of Thunderbolt; sisters, Margaret H. Moore of Knoxville, TN; Hattie Bell of Florence, SC; Virginia Grainger (Ervin) of Loris, SC; brothers, Robert Hatchell, Jr. (Wilma) of Marion, SC; David Hatchell (Gail) of Conway, SC; many special nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and her beloved German Shepherd, Jax.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Nancy Vonderschmitt and brother, Franklin D. Hatchell.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021 in Greenwich Cemetery.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. also at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Ayn to Verse by Verse Ministry International, 814 Arion Parkway, #410, San Antonia, TX 78216 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 

 

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The loss of Ayn is felt by all who knew her. She made the world a better place.

- Barb Waldron, Athens, GA

Todd, we are so sorry for your loss. We all know that she is not suffering anymore, but that does not always help the sufferings of our hearts. All of us here at USRC Savannah have you in our thoughts.

- Helen Hartley, Savannah, GA

It saddens me to hear of Ayn's passing She was a fun loving friend. I will miss her. My condolences.

- Rebecca Krah, Savannah, Ga

Ayn was one of me closest friends. She and I worked at Memorial Health as peri operative educators. She had a passion for educating new RN’s and had excellent skills for teaching in the OR. I will truly miss her. Condolences to Todd and her family.

- Debbie, Savannah , Ga

Saddened for your loss of a beloved family member, you are so blessed to know that she is in the arms of her Savior Jesus for we know His promise in 2Corinthians 5:8, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord”.No more pain or sorrow…all glory to Him.May you feel His love at this difficult time.

- Carol Stalcup, Knoxville, Tn

Ayn, may you rest in peace. Todd our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. We used to eat lunch together, and she made the most beautiful salads ever!

- Louise Williams, Brooklet, Georgia

Ayn, may you rest in peace. Todd our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. We used to eat lunch together, and she made the most beautiful salads ever!

- Louise Williams, Brooklet, Georgia

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I am so sorry to lose Ayn. I’m grateful I was able to see here Saturday. We worked together on and off for 30 years at Candler and Memorial! She was a terrific nurse and very caring person. She will be missed by many.

- Patti Entrekin, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry to hear of Ayn’s passing. We we worked together and were workout partners for several years. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. She will be missed!

- Debby, Savannah, Ga

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My sweet Sister I will surely miss you but our loss is Heavens gain. Todd put your trust in the Lord and he will carry you through this valley.

- Jo Grainger, LORIS, South Carolina

i met Ayn as a RN at Memorial. But when I think of her, I remember how she would ask for my standing rib roast bones to give to her dogs! And I gave her my breakfast casserole and she gave me her grits breakfast casserole. She was fun and loved to play games! And that hair! I loved her curls! Rest In Peace Ayn and tell Barbara hello for me! To the family , may God give you strength and to Todd, take care of yourself! ❤️

- Jody Henderson, Savannah , Ga

My sincere condolences to you, Todd, and to all of Ayn’s family! I worked with her in the OR at Memorial. Ayn had such integrity and she was one of the best in her profession, by far! I also had the honor of being one of the people in her “lunch bunch” daily. We all solved many of the world’s problems! She adored you, Todd, and talked about you most everyday! She will always be in my heart!

- Ellen Gay, Savannah, Georgia

I worked with Ayn for many years. She was a great nurse. She took an interest in her patients as well as her colleagues. Ayn will be missed.

- Jo Ann Spofford, RN, Savannah, Ga

I worked with Ayn for several years. She was a dedicated nurse, I pray that Todd and Ayn's family will find peace in this time of loss.

- Jo Ann Spofford, Savannah, Ga

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Ayn. I was privileged to work with her first at Candler and again at Memorial. Not only an excellent, skilled professional but also a sincere, kind person. Her beautiful smile and sweet heart will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to her family as you travel through the difficult days ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

- Judith Braun , Savannah , Ga

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

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Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was my nurse educator when I started working in the OR at Memorial. She always talked of her husband and her dog and how much she loved cheese. May she Rest In Peace

- Rae Nutting , Hardeeville , SC

Ayn was my buddy . We had many adventures in the OR and even more outside of the OR. I know Todd was the love of her life.

- Vicky Taylor, Thunderbolt, GA

May the peace that only God can give be with all who loved Ayn. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

- Wanda Hyatt Hardee, Loris , SC

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Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Crystal & Mia Miller, Savannah , GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900