Carolyn Griffin Escandon, 75, of Parkersburg, died Dec. 10, 2013.
She was born May 11, 1938, the first child of the late Paul Michael and Dorothy Roberts Griffin of Baltimore, Maryland.
Carolyn was a nurse practitioner, specializing in mental health counseling in the Parkersburg-Marietta area for over three decades. Her professional inspiration came after years of providing acute and rehabilitative nursing care to head and spinal cord injury patients. Carolyn also believed in the necessity to constantly continue her education, training and to train others in blending eastern/complementary medical principles with the standards of western mental health care. Her biggest rewards came from the community service she provided manifested by lasting relationships with her patients and her colleagues.
Carolyn grew up and received her nurse's training in Baltimore. An unlikely baseball and football fan due to her high school's and nursing school's proximity to Memorial Stadium, Carolyn had a library of stories of treating Orioles and Colts players in the emergency department. She remained a proud Marylander and she made the best crab cakes in the area.
Carolyn is survived by three sons: Hernando Escandon of Vienna, Rafael Escandon of San Francisco, Edward Escandon of Parkersburg; one sister, Sharon Griffin Morris of Baltimore; one brother Paul Michael Griffin, Jr., of North Carolina and one grandchild, Alex Scott Escandon of Vienna. Carolyn was also close with many of her grandson's friends, her surviving cousins, nieces, nephews, and their children.
A memorial gathering of friends and family will be Friday 3-7 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Carolyn's treatment required literally hundreds of platelet and blood transfusions over the past year. She and her family wish to recognize the generosity of those donors who allowed her to continue her practice and to be with her family far longer than if those resources were unavailable. With each transfusion, Carolyn always took a moment to recognize the donor(s) who prolonged her life. In support of future patients with similar needs, the family especially encourages blood and platelet donation or a gift to the American Red Cross.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com