Bielby, Barbara Jean, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara passed away in her sleep, Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Luther Manor, age 82. Barbara was born in Williamston Michigan on March 30, 1930. She married Eugene Bielby on June 28, 1950. After having five children and 25 years of marriage, they divorced in 1976. Barb was a Michigan State graduate and taught at Westdale Elementary School for 27 years. After teaching she became an adamant grandmother, attending many concerts, football games, soccer and hockey games. She was willing to watch favorite childhood movies hundreds of times, and read stories until grandchildren had them memorized. She became a very cuddly Great-grandmother, with big hugs for all her great-grandchildren. Barb loved her Alma Mater and hardly ever missed a football or basketball game. She even postponed her kidney operation around a Michigan State basketball game. It was the year of the Flintstones, and how could she miss it!? The doctor gave in. She was an avid reader, rarely seen without a book (or two) close by. Barb is survived by her children; Connie (James) Baird of Hemlock, Eugene Jr. (Connie) Bielby of Connecticut, Kim (Barbie) Bielby of Grand Haven, Carl (Jean) Bielby of Saginaw, and Mark Bielby of Saginaw; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Barb was the oldest child of Miles and Adah Hubbard. She is survived by her brother Carl (Ruth) Hubbard of Marquette, Mary (Wesley) Bueker of Ludington, Joyce (Jim) Kelly of Cadillac, Shirley (William) Dodds of Marion, Beverly (William) Kibby of Marion, Sandra (Dorian) Dobias of Traverse City; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Sharon Hubbard of Marion and Carol (Don) Gillmore of Marion. The family will receive visitors at the Community of Christ, 300 N. Center Road, Saginaw MI, for punch and cookies from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on November 30, 2012. According to Barbara’s wishes, cremation will take place. There will be a Memorial Service in Marion Michigan, at Community of Christ at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Officiating will be her brother in law, Elder William Dodds.Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider purchasing a favorite book of your own to share with a child or someone in a nursing home, or you may remember her congregation, Community of Christ. Arrangements made with Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan.