For 87 years the world was blessed with our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and great friend to many, Barbara Grace Grubb of Great Falls. She passed in the early morning hours on Friday, July 23, 2021. We will honor her with a visitation this Friday, July 30th at 11:00 AM. A memorial service and a reception will follow at 12:00 PM at Croxford Funeral Home with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery.
Born March 18, 1934 in Havre, MT to Maurice and Pearl (McKown) Weeks, the family left the Gildford area farm when Barbie was just five years old, moving to Great Falls, where she was raised and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1952. She met Thomas S. Grubb at the EUB Church youth group. She knew he was the one because he could toast the perfect marshmallow! They were married December 28, 1952, remaining together for 62 wonderful years until his passing in January of 2016.
During Tom’s Navy years from 1952 to 1954, they lived in Bremerton, WA and San Diego, CA, relocating to Great Falls for the remainder of their years. Barbie was a devoted wife and homemaker, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Barbie volunteered her time in various Women’s Society activities, a Campfire Girl leader, as well in VBS and youth group activities. Living through two major floods in Great Falls helped to mold her character. She loved all things sewing, making crafts and clothes for her family and grandchildren including clothes for Barbie dolls, Christmas dolls and quilting memory blankets. She also crocheted lovely doilies. She began her love of dolls with her first job at the Doll Hospital while in high school. She loved to visit the Doll Museum and just began collecting dolls three years ago. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and gathering information about the local wildflowers and birds and sharing this knowledge with others. Because of her love of flowers and gardening, she would have excelled as a florist. A storyteller at heart, she loved reading and continued that even after her eyesight failed by listening to books on tape.
Barbie was a trusting, loving and giving person. She was happiest enjoying time with her family, camping, having tea parties with her grandchildren. She loved animals and adventures. She never knew a pet she wouldn’t feed. She loved sharing all things Hawaiian: the beautiful flowers, swimming in the ocean, laughing as she rolled out of waves, and snorkeling in the clear blue waters. She believed everything tasted better with sugar and that graham crackers needed frosting, that a day spent baking trays of food and treats to share was a good day indeed.
Survivors include her sons, Larry (Cinda) Grubb of Sandston, VA, and Robert (Shari) Grubb of Coffee Creek, MT, daughter, Wanda (Phillip) Levine of Anacortes, WA, sister-in-law, Donna Childs Weeks. Her treasured grandchildren include Tonya (Darrell) Stout, Michelle Cordova, David (Jessica) Levine, Erica Levine (Troy Briones), Thomas Grubb, Julia Grubb, Jonathan (Hannah) Grubb, Danielle Grubb, along with nine great-grandchildren with another arriving in October, and one great-great-grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Those who preceded her in death include her parents, husband, Thomas Grubb, brother, Walter Weeks, sister-in-law, Patsy Eberl Wiest.
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