Our beloved Mary Ruth Siebert Grubb passed away at our home in Shreveport, LA on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Mary is survived by her devoted daughter, Betsy Sample, and son-in-law Wade Sample, and sons, Michael L. Grubb , and Fritz L. Grubb. She is also survived by her her loving grandchildren, Michael A. Grubb (Heather), Marcus B. Smith (Molly), and Abigail Mary Weinberger Mitchell (Gabriel), a host of caring nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Mary was beyond excited that she was to be a great-grandmother to Mary Lee Mitchell, expected in June 2022.
Mary was born on July 25, 1929, in Akron, Ohio to Ruth G. Fleischman and Lewis J. Siebert. Ella’s strong Catholic faith was influenced not only by her devoted parents, but also by her paternal uncle. Her father de ella spent years at The Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, leaving only to help support the family. His brother, Bishop Ralph Siebert, was imprisoned for two years at Stanley Prison in Hong Kong, where he was starved and tortured after being captured while serving as a Maryknoll missionary.
Mary was preceded in death by her devoted husband of forty years, Roby L. Grubb. She was also predeceased by her parents de ella, her sister de ella Helen Gingras, and brothers William Siebert and Francis Siebert. Francis served as a bombardier with the 30th BG, 38th BS in World War II. On November 24, 1943, his plane, B-24 Liberator Coral Princess, and crew were lost and never found.
Mary moved to Shreveport at the age of eighty and proved that making new friends and engaging a new community can be accomplished at any age. She believed in moving forward with a positive outlook despite age, health challenges, and having left her beloved Ohio family and friends. She remained faithful to her from her Ohio sports teams as well as adopting LSU football. Mary mastered texting, iPhones, and Facebook allowing her to keep up with her grandchildren, as well as with new and old friends.
Mary was an advocate for volunteering in the community. In Ohio, she served many hours at the Geauga Community Hospital with the Women’s Auxiliary. She taught underserved children to read, making each one feel special with her loving kindness and concern. In Shreveport, she volunteered with the Caddo Council on Aging, delivering for Meals on Wheels. She was the unofficial greeter at the Tower at the Oaks of Louisiana, making sure that each new resident had a “welcome to your new home” greeting card. Along the way, this gesture led to many friendships. As Mary’s vision of her declined, she gracefully managed her love of reading. She read small print books, then large print books, and later found the joy of audio books. Mary’s personal lending library of large print books developed and grew through word of mouth.
Mary was the last family survivor of her generation, the matriarch of her family, and she is dearly missed by her loving family and treasured friends. Mary will be remembered for her charming, outgoing, and fun personality, her ease at making new friends, her authentic interest in peoples’ lives, and her value of volunteerism and giving to the community. Most of all, we will remember Mary for being a loving mother, the best grandmother, and her friend.
The family would like to thank the Oaks of Louisiana, Dr. Rick Michael, Dr. Trey Baucum, Dr. Richard Kamm, Dr. Charles Lyon, Dr. Russ Van Norman, and nurses and office support, as well as Mary’s attentive caregivers, and her loving and devoted friends at The Oaks.
Please join us at the Savannah at the Oaks of Louisiana on Thursday, March 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm for a Celebration of Mary’s life. A family memorial will follow at a later date in Ohio.
Donations can be made to the Caddo Council on Aging, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or any charity of donor’s choice.
Posted online on March 05, 2022
Published in Akron Beacon Journal