Marjorie Lovina Tubbs

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Marjorie Lovina Tubbs Ada Formerly of Lansing Age 101, our loving mom, wife, sister, grandma passed away May 4, 2013 in Lansing. She was born July 3, 1911 in Convoy, Ohio the daughter of Clarence and Florence (Hinton) Slade and the family moved to a farm near Charlotte, MI when she was four. She attended rural schools and Olivet Public School during her first eight years of school. She graduated from Charlotte High School, Eaton County Normal and Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in Education. For her first nine years in teaching, she taught all eight grades in in rural schools. Then four years in Charlotte, MI, a year in Clearwater, FL and then she returned to Michigan where she taught the next twenty-four years at Barnes Elementary School in Lansing, MI. She retired in 1963 because of illness. She and her husband, Wilbur, to whom she married October 29, 1932, later moved to a cottage on Bear Lake for summer seasons, and a park called "Venture Out" for the next twenty winter seasons in Mesa, AZ. They returned to Lansing to live near daughter, Patricia Gleason. Marjorie joined the Charlotte "Maple City Chapter of Eastern Star" while in residence there and the "American Association of University Women" in Lansing, also "Superstition Chapter of the A.A.U.W." in Arizona while there, as well as the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Grandma loved to read, garden and cook. Preceding her in death were her husband of 68 years, Wilbur Tubbs in 2001, son, Richard Tubbs, sons in laws, John Yerke and Gerald Gleason; sisters and brothers, Karl Slade, Clarence Jr. Slade, Luman Slade, Theron Slade, Jeanette Foreman and great granddaughter, Melisa Harju. She is survived by daughter, Patricia A. Yerke- Gleason, 3 grandsons: Daniel (Margaret) Yerke, Ronald Yerke, James (Patti) Yerke; step-grandsons: Stephen D. (Sandy) Gleason and Timothy M. Gleason; 9 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren with 1 on the way and sisters, Helen McCain and Mary Ellen Smith. Funeral services Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Cremation will follow and interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice or Trinity United Methodist Church. For messages of condolence visit

Published in Lansing State Journal on May 6, 2013
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