Leota M. Babb

EVART — Leota M. Babb, 100, of Evart, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Born Leota Booher, she was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Peel Booher. Born and raised in Avondale, she was a graduate of the 1933 class at Evart High School, 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, and together they operated Babb Ford in Reed City. 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; daughter, Marianne Johnson (Denny Coney), of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Thomas and Joe Babb, Sandy Peters, Ryan and Andy Johnson, and Jeff and Allison Babb; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; son, Kenneth; two sisters, Olive Booher and Bernice Shanafelt; and brother, Kenneth Booher.

Viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday April 26, 2016, at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with graveside services and internment 1 p.m. on Wednesday April 27, 2016, at Cherry Valley Cemetery in Avondale.