Leota Babb, 100

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Leota M. Babb of Evart, MI passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 at age 100. Born Leota Booher, she was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Peel Booher. Born and raised in Avondale, she was a graduate of Evart High School (1933), County Normal, and attended Western Michigan University. She taught in local rural schools. She married her high school sweetheart, Ross Babb, also raised in Avondale, together they operated Babb Ford (Reed City, MI). Among their many travels with Ford Motor Company, they visited Hawaii, Thailand, and Japan. Leota loved life and eagerly embraced it. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Surviving are son Ron (Zoe) Babb of Evart, and daughter Marianne Johnson (Denny Coney) of Three Rivers, grandchildren Thomas and Joe Babb, Sandy Peters, Ryan and Andy Johnson, Jeff and Allison Babb, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ross, son Kenneth, 2 sisters, Olive Booher and Bernice Shanafelt, and brother, Kenneth Booher.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday April 26, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with graveside services and internment 1:00pm Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Cherry Valley Cemetery in Avondale.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Osceola County Community Foundation-Babb Family Scholarship or to the Evart Historical Society.

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