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Neilyn Griggs Maloney – March 2, 2017

Maloney Obit PicNeilyn Griggs Maloney passed peacefully from this life on March 2, 2017.  There will be a graveside service at the Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, TX at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Neilyn was born November 22, 1929 to Christine Russell Griggs and Howard Griggs, in Amarillo, Texas.  Her grandparents were Cyrus and Goldie Russell and Neil S. and Sara Melissa Clay Griggs, of Amarillo.  A serious, dedicated student, Neilyn attended school in Amarillo and then followed in her aunts’ footsteps by entering Ward Belmont School in Nashville, TN at the age of 16.  She graduated from Ward Belmont with an Associate’s degree in 1951 and went on to earn her BAS in English and Chemistry from the University of Texas in 1953, her MA in English and Chemistry from UT in 1955 and Law Degree from UT in 1968.

During her university years, Neilyn maintained a wide social network through her work as a counselor at the Scottish Rite Dormitory, her participation in the Pi Beta Phi sorority and the Kappa Beta Pi Legal sorority, and her relationships with colleagues and friends in the Sciences.  Her employment included work with the Clayton Foundation, UT Science Department under Dr. Roger John Williams and Dr. Lorene Rogers, doing scientific research from 1956-1962; legal work for the law firm of Stayton, Maloney, Hearne and Babb; and service as a senior attorney for the State of Texas Health Department Legal Division from 1970 until her retirement in 1990.

Neilyn gave generously of her time and keen intellect, volunteering with many charitable associations, including legal work for the foundation supporting KLRN’s “Capital Eye” show,  serving on the Juvenile Board of Travis County Citizen’s Advisory Board,  legal and humanitarian work for the Capital Kidney Foundation and the Austin Dialysis Group; historical research leading to the Prairie View Cemetery (Briggs, Texas) historical designation; and financial support of the Amarillo Children’s Home.  Her expertise in science (which included publication of “Filtration and Reabsorption of Protein by the Kidney” in The Journal of Experimental Medicine) and in law (including membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas from 1999-2004), as well as her curiosity and desire to learn new things, benefited many.

She is predeceased by her parents and her brother, Russell Howard Griggs.  Passionate about horses, dogs, cats, reading, history, science, law, music and sailing, Neilyn will be greatly missed by her friends, including former husband, Judge Frank Maloney and Jimmie Johnson who oversaw her medical and financial needs after her Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis.

Special thanks to the staff of Arden Courts, Home of Southern Hospitality, and Kindred Hospice of Austin for their compassionate care.  Memorial donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo or to another organization that makes the world a better place.


  • Joe Latting Posted March 26, 2017 8:31 am

    Neilyn was a lovely, gentle,intelligent, and marvelous person. She brought an aura of peacefulness and goodness with her wherever she went. The world was a better place because of her life.

  • Jimmie Johnson Posted March 26, 2017 3:52 pm

    It was a privilege to know Neilyn these past ten years. In spite of her losses in her life due to the Alzheimers disease, she remained cheerful and pleasant, trying to help others. Her love of music remained to the end.

  • pat scott Posted March 28, 2017 11:39 pm

    I met Neilyn at the Texas Department of Health, she was a top-notch lawyer, I was the computer repair/software support person. She was always kind, intelligent, articulate and knowledgeable. We spent some hours on occasion when we had to work on the Commissioners network, helping with getting onto the network after upgrading software or machines, or working on email issues and file storage / retrieval, law application issues.
    I got to see her a couple of times after her retirement, going to her place to assist her with her home computer. She was a good person, I am grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing her, if only in a small way.

  • Zanette Hammonds Posted April 2, 2017 6:44 pm

    I knew Neilyn while working at the Texas Department of Health and greatly regret that I didn’t make an effort to see her after her retirement. She was often on my mind with her tales of her earlier life in the political arena with her husband and of sailing off the east coast with her brother. She was a dear heart. It is such a shame that her beautiful mind was clouded toward the end. She will live on in my mind and in the contributions she made to society.

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