On Sunday, May 2, 2021, Terri Lynn Ackors Griffin went to be with our Lord in heaven. She was born on August 22, 1960 in Big Spring, Texas to Margaret Estelle and William Lee Ackors. She was raised in Lubbock, Texas and proud to call it her home. She graduated from Monterey High School in 1978, and then attended Texas Tech University where she graduated in 1985 from the College of Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. Terri resided in Borger for 25 years where she welcomed and raised her daughters Elizabeth and Amanda. She was an active part of the local community, her daughters’ school and booster club, and First United Methodist Church. She was admirably dedicated and involved with the American Cancer Society. She was a founding member of HOPE (Hutchinson County Oil Patch Extravaganza) in 1988 and Co-Chaired the event in 1994. She was a proud member of the American Cancer Society’s National Gala Training Task Force from 1998 to 2018 and chaired on the ACS National Gala Training Task Force in 2002. As a result of her involvement with ACS, millions of dollars have been funded and raised in search for a cure with thousands of lives positively impacted. Terri had a passion for decoration and design, which she excelled at both. She was a gracious host who loved to entertain, where you could expect a delicious meal and beautiful presentation no matter the occasion. She was a dear friend to so many people and from so many different walks of life. If you were lucky enough to call her a friend, her friendship likely stood out amongst others because of the love and care she devoutly gave to those in her life. It cannot go without mention her undying loyalty and love for her Texas Tech Red Raiders. Hopelessly devoted, she rarely (if ever) missed a game. You could hear her cheering (or cursing) above the crowds or two to three houses down depending on where she was spectating from. She unapologetically celebrated each win without pause for exclamation and felt the same sting of loss as if she had played the game on the field herself. Her happy place was in Red River, NM. There are so many precious memories with her family all over that mountain town from driving with the windows down through Cimarron Canyon, four wheeling up to Greenie Peak in the summer, skiing down the slopes in the winter, carving our initials in the aspen trees up by Goose lake, annually participating in the Fourth of July parade, cutting a fresh Christmas tree for Christmas day, endless crisp nights of laughter and conversation with family and friends, and the labor of love that went into building Camp Griffin itself.
She was truly one of a kind, with a contagious smile and spirit that would light up any room she walked into. She was kind and welcomed everyone with open arms without judgement or hesitation. She loved her girls and was so proud of the women and mothers she raised them to be. It is hard to imagine our days without her. She will be missed by so many in so many ways. Her light and warmth that was felt in her presence will live on in all those she knew and loved.
As her legacy, Terri is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Richard Andrews of Sonora, TX, her daughter Amanda and her husband Nick Braucht of Roanoke, TX; her three beautiful grandchildren, Joe Richard, Jeffrey Hudson, and Griffin Rae; her parents, Margaret and William L. Ackors of Lubbock, TX; and her brother Brent and his wife Jo Ackors of China Springs, TX.
Services will be held at The Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway, Lubbock TX, on Friday, May 7th, 2021 at 11:00 AM with a celebration of life to follow at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 17th & University, Lubbock, TX. For those who are unable to attend, the services will be live streamed. Approximately 5 minutes prior to the service, there will be a banner to click on for viewing of the service that can be found on her obituary page through the Combest website.
The family would like to thank the Palliative Care team with Covenant Health and the Hospice of Lubbock for their empathy, guidance, support, and care for Terri. Additionally, to all the staff at Promised land for their care and the sweet bond that was created and shared in her most recent weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to go towards the Hospice of Lubbock through the Covenant Health Foundation, a non-profit 501(3) organization. Donations can be made in her memory of Terri Ackors Griffin here, https://www.covenanthealth.org/covenant-health-foundation/foundation-gifts/.