Carole Hartley-Smith Griffiths - 1927-2010
Carole Hartley-Smith Griffiths died Friday, March 26, 2010. She was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Clermont County, Ohio, to the late Reuben S. and Jessie Riley Hartley. Her early years were spent on Army Corp of Engineers Ohio River Dams 34, Chilo, Ohio; 36, Cincinnati, Ohio; and 29, Ashland, Ky., where her father was Lockmaster.
She attended schools in Campbell County, Ky. and Ashland, Ky. In 1959 she entered what was then known as the Ashland Center of UK as one of six non-traditional, over age 25, females. After completing two years she transferred to Marshall University where she completed both BA and MA degrees in English. She went on to post-graduate work in English literature at Exeter College, Oxford and the University of London and specialized studies in Irish literature at University College, Dublin, Ireland.
In 1997 she retired from Ashland Community College, UK after a 32-year career teaching reading, composition and English literature. In addition to teaching, for many years she was chief costume designer of teacher, mentor and director extraordinaire, J.B. Sowards, for whom ACTC's theatre is named.
As an outgrowth of the costume design, she originated The Appalachian Collection, antique and historic clothing and accessories of the region. The collection, numbering over 2,500 pieces, was donated by Ashland Community College to the Highlands Museum, forming the nucleus of the museum's clothing collection.
Her husband of 42 years, Stanley T. Griffiths, preceded her in death in 1992. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas L. and Juanita Marcum Griffiths; a granddaughter, Cheyenne Renae Griffiths; grandsons, Matthew T. Griffiths, Justin A. Hartman and Michael Poplin, all of Ashland; her "almost daughter," Brenda Nostrant Dutton; and friends she cherished, Nancy McClellan, Jim and Janis Bennett, and the entire Hartman Clan.
Her greatest joys in life were her students, her friends, her family and her cats. God bless them all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following: American Cancer Society, American Humane Society or Boyd County Public Library.
Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.