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Ellen Marie (Littlejohn) Tubbs

May 12, 1947 — December 2, 2020

Ellen Marie (Littlejohn) Tubbs, beloved mother, daughter, sister and widow of Edward Tubbs, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Devoted wife for 40 years, loving mother of Margie (Doug) Callaghan, Larry (Alex) Tubbs and Maryellen Tubbs; dearest sister of Rosie (Don) Wood and Frank (Cathy) Littlejohn, Ellen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Ellen was born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 12, 1947 to the late Margaret Evelyn (Whelton) and Floyd Allen Littlejohn. She was one of nine children in the Littlejohn family: Andy, Elmer, Louis, Carl, Frank, Rosie, Janette, Elise and Ellen. She grew up on the family farms in first Burt and later West Branch, MI.

Ellen enjoyed going to school and always applied herself to her studies. She graduated from West Branch High School in 1967. Upon graduation, she decided to further her education by entering the Nurse's Aide Program at Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch. She completed the program and received her Nurse's Aide Certificate from Alma College (Alma, MI) in 1969 at which time she began working at Tolfree Memorial Hospital. Ellen loved her work as a Nurse's Aide and continued to find ways to serve others long after her work at the hospital ended.

In 1973 Ellen became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was there that she met her future husband, Edward Tubbs. They were married in West Branch, MI on November 17, 1973 and were soon blessed with the first of their three children. Ellen devoted her life to maintaining the family home and taking care of her husband and children. When she was no longer able to continue her work at the hospital, she sought out other ways to help others, serving as a volunteer for Social Services in first Ogemaw and later Eaton counties for well over 10 years. In addition to her volunteer work, Ellen also took on many service roles over the years as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

When her husband passed away in 2013, Ellen and her youngest child, Maryellen, moved to Massachusetts where she lived with her eldest daughter Margie and her husband Doug. She continued to be an active member of her faith, attending church at the Gardner Ward weekly.

Ellen loved the color green, ice cream, animals (especially dogs and cats), snowmobiling and music. Her favorite musician was Elvis Presley, and she was a devoted fan throughout her life. A few years ago, the family vacationed in Atlantic City. While there, Ellen was thrilled to be able to see and be photographed beside the Elvis memorabilia on display in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. She was a loyal friend, a devoted mother, and a loving wife with a sweet spirit that was often noted by people she met. She will be dearly missed by all those fortunate enough to have known and loved her. May she rest in peace eternally united with her soulmate Edward.

Services for Ellen will be held privately.


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