updated 5/1/2008 9:19:44 PM ET 2008-05-02T01:19:44

Rose Griffin is not dead, so the call from someone trying to arrange her funeral was a bit of a shock. The Methuen woman got the call at a late hour Friday night from someone looking for her son, who was not there.

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When an irate Griffin used her caller ID to call back, the man informed her he was a funeral director trying to make arrangements for her son's dead mother.

The 75-year-old Griffin told him: "You're talking to the dead person."

Joe Cataudella, co-owner of Cataudella Funeral Home, said someone played a "cruel prank" and left a message with the home's answering service that Griffin had died.

Griffin, a Wal-Mart greeter, joked that she expects to be around for some time because she's mean and only the good die young.

She says she has no idea who was behind the prank.

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