Perinatal nurse specialist Judy Wilson-Griffon advocated for better health outcomes for at-risk mothers. She was the first person in St. Louis confirmed to die of COVID-19. She was 63 years old.
Judy’s grandmother was a midwife in Alabama, and Judy took up the tradition through her work at BJC from 1981 to 2007 (where she established Missouri’s first maternal transport team for high-risk pregnant mothers), and most recently at St. Mary’s Hospital. She also served overseas in the Gulf War with the U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Corps.
In 2019 Judy was honored as the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year in Women’s Health and Obstetrics.
Judy Wilson-Griffin leaves behind a step-daughter Valerie Griffin, a step-son Tyrone Griffin Jr., and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Tyrone Griffin Sr… and countless friends still miss her.
Judy Wilson-Griffin died of COVID-19 on a ventilator and in the thoughts of many at age 63 on March 20, the day that her proposal for creating a maternal triage acuity index for pregnant women was scheduled to be approved.
She is buried next to her late husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
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Sources and links to more about Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin’s life are:
- Washington Post Obituary for Judy Wilson-Griffin
- St. Louis Today article about St. Louis’s first COVID-19 Death, Judy Wilson-Griffin
- Judy Wilson-Griffin’s death of Covid covered in the St. Louis American
- UMSL’s article commemorating Judy Wilson-Griffin’s professional accomplishments
- Tribute Gifts for Judy Wilson-Griffin with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Education Fund