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Aylett Griffin Irving 81, one of the first members of Absarokee Fine Arts, died Oct. 4, 2012.
She was born to Martha Lapsley Griffin and Given E. Griffin, in Savannah, Ga., on March 26, 1921. Her parents settled in Asheville, N.C., when she was 5 years old, having lived previously in Little Rock, Ark., and Atlanta, Ga. She went to local schools and Biltmore College (now the University of North Carolina-Asheville). Then she attended Women’s College (now UNC-Greensboro).
In 1943, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps, serving as a classification specialist and personnel noncommissioned officer in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
After the war, she married Clark O. Irving, a career Army officer, in Gastonia, N.C., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on March 16, 1946. She followed her husband to Germany, Japan, Alaska and other posts in the United States.
They had a daughter, Kathleen Aylett, in 1947, and adopted four children in Germany. When her husband retired as a colonel, they moved to Wyoming and then to Absarokee.
She began painting in her 20s and continued in Montana. She studied art in college courses and art workshops.
Mr. Irving died in 2005, and she remained in Absarokee until her death.
Survivors include children, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Matthew, John and Richard “Trooper”; five grandchildren; and brothers, William Griffin of Brevard, N.C., and Richard Griffin of Asheville, N.C.
Services will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s of the Stillwater Episcopal Church, Absarokee, MT 59001.