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Gratis, OH
Sunday February 9th, 2020
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Monday February 10th, 2020

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West Elkton Friends Meeting
Monday February 10th, 2020

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Helen Marie Stubbs

Helen Marie Brower Stubbs, age 96 of Eaton, OH and formerly of Gratis, OH passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Vancrest of Eaton Health Care Center.  She was born July 25, 1923 in the family home in Lanier Township, Preble County, OH to the late Earl and Velma (Daily) Brower.  Helen attended Wheatville Church of the Brethren on South Cherry Street. She played the piano for church. She attended Lanier school for 12 years. She enjoyed singing with a girl’s sextet and being in a musical and many plays. After graduation in 1941, she worked at the Production Credit office in Eaton. She helped her sister Mildred take care of her first baby, Larry, while she lived in Eaton. During the summer of 1942, she met Bob Stubbs, who became her husband after he returned from WWII in 1946. She quit her job in Eaton and moved to the house on SR 503. Their only daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1947. Helen loved to act and was in a 3 act play in the 50s with her husband Bob. In 1960, Helen became school secretary at Gratis School and continued in that job until she retired in 1981. She impacted a lot of lives in that time. She and Bob left the country and moved to Eaton in 1997. They were active in the Preble County Council on Aging and other community groups and they continued to worship at West Elkton Friends meeting.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Stubbs who passed away in 2015; great grandchild Jonathan Vesely; brother Ralph Brower; and sister Mildred Brower Crowell.  She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Bob) Yost of Silver City, NM; grandchildren, Nathan (Amy) Yost, Michael (Vanessa) Yost, Roberta (David) Berry all of New Mexico; 7 great grandchildren: Cade, Taeron, Bailey, Seth, Tayson, Joshua and Caleb; sister Marjorie (Don) Nelson of Kettering, OH; sister-in-law Anna Brower; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Cody and Connie Frizzell.  Thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Vancrest and Hospice of Dayton for their loving care. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 113 South Ada Doty Street, Gratis, OH 45330.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the West Elkton Friends Meeting, 147 Main Street, West Elkton, OH 45070 with Pastors Leigh Eason Tolton and Joseph Tolton officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairmound Cemetery in West Elkton.  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton OH 45420.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindloffzimmerman.com.


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So many good memories of her trips to NM and spending time with her. She was a joy and so sweet to all of us. Our love and prayers are with your family. Remember, you do not walk this path alone. "To every follower of the Lord there comes a time when the voice of God will say, 'Welcome Home.'" John 14:2,3

Mike and Vicki Shriver Feb 8 2020 12:00 AM

Many fond memories of aunt Helen. Sledding parties showing up early Christmas morning to see what Jennifer got for Christmas. Picnics at Huston Woods and trips on the weekends with my Mom ,Dad, Cheryl, Jennifer , Robert and Helen. Always had good times and great food.She was a special Aunt who I will always remember. Pam and I are so sorry to lose AUNT HELEN GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY AND JENNIFER AND BOB.

Steve and Pam Koeller Feb 7 2020 12:00 AM

What a wonderful person to know and work with. Loved those cookies, Helen!

Pat Hoblit Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

Helen was a great human being, as was her husband Bob. I will always remember her as a caring, loving, thoughtful, non-judgmental person.

Bev Brubaker Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

She was extra Grandmother to me my entire life. Always warm an inviting and loved everybody. Praying for her family and friends.

Jonathan Hartman Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

Such a kind lady, my first memory of Helen she was our office secretary at Gratis Elem. Condolences and prayers to her family, Traci Hollenbaugh-Kurtz

traci kurtz Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM

Helen was always a joy and very kind. She loved singing and listening at our Thursday evening music at Vancrest. She will be missed and it was an honor knowing her.

Claudia Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM