Mary Virginia Griffis Blair Niehaus, 79, Rapid City, was born in Edgemont, SD on May 25, 1941 to Everett and Katherine (Russell) Griffis. She died Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Monument Health Rapid City. She spent her early life in Edgemont graduating with honors from the local high school. She married William Blair May 24, 1959.
She was employed as Associate Editor of the Edgemont Herald Tribune and served as correspondent from the Rapid City Journal. She spent 2 years employed at the Black Hills Army Depot until it closed. She then moved with her children to Rapid City and worked as a life insurance agent for Lincoln National Life and New York Life.
She worked for Sears for nearly 12 years where she met and married William Vincent Niehaus on September 10, 1983. She then returned to school and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Black Hills State University. She worked for the Department of Social Services and Pennington County Drug and Alcohol.
She is survived by her children, Robert and Becky Blair, Newcastle, IN; Kelly and Jeff Myrlie, Rock Rapids, IA; Tom and Sharon Blair, Rapid City, DS and Cindy and Tim Hulla, Boise, ID; 4 grandchildren; her sister Linda and Ron Parsons, Spearfish and her brother Bill and Jeri Griffis, Ft. Lipton, CO.
A memorial has been established to benefit First United Methodist Church.