LARNED — Mary Alice Grubbs, 80, died Oct. 26, 2012 at the Larned Healthcare Center after battling the effects of Alzheimer’s for six years.
She was born Nov. 24, 1931 at McPherson, the daughter of Carl E. “Mick” and Lillian Richerson Heilman. She graduated from Graham High School, Graham, Texas in 1949. A longtime Larned area resident, she was retired from 27 years in the local savings and loan business.
She belonged to the First United Methodist Church, Larned where she played the piano for the early church service on Sunday mornings and also served as chairman of Gifts and Memorials, Finance, staff Parish and Trustee Committees, was Sunday school literature secretary for many years, member of the Chancel Choir and the United Methodist Women. She belonged to the Larned Women’s Bowling Association and Larned Business and Professional Women for many years serving as officers in both.
On June 29, 1947 she married Robert L. Grubbs, Wichita Falls, Texas. They later divorced.
Survivors include: son, Tommy Dale Grubbs, Grand Prairie, Texas; a daughter, Carol Elaine Carlson, Larned; five grandchildren, Cory Grubbs, Gastonia, N.C., Elizabeth McDonald, Larned, Brent Grubbs, Red Oak, Texas, Michelle Castaneda and Amanda Grubbs, Midlothian, Texas; and eight great grandchildren, Lacie, Savananah and Abbie Grubbs, Gastonia, North Carolina, Caleb McDonald, Larned, Jayden Grubbs, Logan and Madison Castaneda, Midlothian, Texas and Colby Cannon, Red Oak, Texas. She was looking forward to the birth of three additional great grandsons within the next six months. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Glen Grubbs and a sister, Sonja L. Heilman Knight Gunderson and former husband.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel with Bethann Black presiding. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Great Bend City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Golden Belt Hospice in care of the Beckwith Mortuary. Personal condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary Inc.*
P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS 67550
Great Bend, (Kan.) Tribune Oct. 28, 2012