OGDEN — Telitha Lindquist Greiner is remembered as a person who was passionate about serving in the community and helping children.
“She never asked anyone to do anything she wasn’t willing to do,” said her friend Sally Jones.
Telitha Greiner, 55, died on Thursday, Aug 4, due to liver failure brought on by colon cancer, said Jon Greiner, her husband.
Jon Greiner, former Ogden police chief and current manager of Ogden Hinckley Airport, said his wife was driving home on Interstate 15 in July 2013 when she saw a billboard with the face of Doug Miller, former outdoors reporter for KSL and KUTV, who died in August of 2006 from colon cancer. His face and story are now used as part of a campaign to promote colonoscopies.
Jon Greiner said his wife decided after seeing the billboard that it was time for her to have a colonoscopy; after all, she was 53.
The family was shocked to learn the mother of three did, in fact, have colon cancer, which had spread to her liver and lungs. Doctors removed 60 percent of her liver, and then she spent the next three years receiving radiation and chemotherapy, Jon Greiner said.
About six weeks ago, the Greiners found out her blood pressure was increasing. The doctors took her off her medication and chemotherapy treatments in hopes of decreasing Telitha Greiner’s blood pressure, and the cancer attacked her liver, Jon Greiner said.
“She had pain in her side and the numbers kept going up, and the doctors said they can’t stop it,” Jon Greiner said. “So she came home to die.”
Jon Greiner said his wife loved kids and the community, and served on many advisory and trustee boards, plus volunteered her time to improve education and medical services in the Ogden area.
“Anything to do related to kids and helping them become successful citizens in the community, she was doing it,” Jon Greiner said.
Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle said Telitha Greiner was “phenomenal. She was totally engaged in the community.”
Jones, who retired from McKay-Dee Hospital as a child life specialist/community projects coordinator, worked on many projects with Telitha Greiner, who was a member and past president of the Junior League of Ogden.
“I don’t know anyone else who is so philanthropic or kind,” Jones said. “She was an outstanding mentor to young women. ... She was the kind of friend you could tell anything to.”
Telitha Greiner, along with three other women, created the Children’s Health Connection at Midtown Community Health Center with the help of McKay-Dee Hospital. The program serves children in the Ogden area who do not have access to proper medical care, according to the Junior League’s website. It started out in 1999 as a two-day event that saw 2,000 children and provided more than 6,500 services. Now it operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and in 2015 serviced more than 5,000 children.
Telitha Greiner’s sister-in-law, Tracy Rich-Greiner said when Telitha Greiner held the first clinic for children, “It was heartwarming because it was so hands-on.”
That was the springboard to the Women’s Health Connection, which serves women in the Ogden area. It is held two days a week at the Midtown Community Health Center, providing up to 500 under- and non-insured women free full diagnostics and treatment, including Pap smears and mammograms, as well as dental and depression screenings, according the Junior League’s website.
“The community was very, very important to Telitha,” said Rich-Greiner. The most important part of Telitha Greiner’s life, Jones said, was her husband and her three children, Jonathan Lindquist Greiner, Telitha Elyse Greiner and Jared Christian Greiner.
Funeral services for Telitha Greiner will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Lindquist Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The family is asking those interested to donate to Midtown Community Health Center at 2240 Adams Ave., Ogden, in Telitha Greiner’s name.
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JLO Past President, Telitha Greiner, Remembered
The members and sustainers of the JLO mourn the loss of past-President and ardent supporter, Telitha Greiner. Telitha was instrumental in creating Children's Health Connection (CHC), which ensures that approximately 5,000 underserved children receive medical and dental exams and follow-up care. Telitha was President of the Junior League of Ogden 1999-2000, 40 years after her mother served as President from 1959-1960. She will be missed, but her legacy will live on through the League's work with CHC.
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