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“Our condolences to the Kibbie family for the the loss of your mother. I have fond memories as a boy visiting the farm. The whole family made me feel...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Jerre & Kay Maynard - Burnsville, MN

“My sympathies to the family of a "TRUE LADY". Being in the presence of Marian was always a positive event. RIP. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Daniel Brooks - Vero Beach, FL

“I have such fond memories of Aunt Mary and Uncle Leo. One of my favorite pictures of them is one Halloween that Aunt Mary is dressed as a man, and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Heidi Roop - Middleville, MI

“I have such fond memories of times spent in the Kibbe house and of your mother. We will be thinking of you all as you go through this time. It is...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ann Roberts Bradley - Hulbert, MI

“We are holding the Kibbe family in our hearts at this sad time. Only time will help. Our love The Kriniaks from Alpena ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jim Doreen &Jimmy Kriniak - MI

“I will never forget the day my husband and I went to chop down a Christmas tree at the Kibbe's. We thought we had a smallish tree until we got home...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Rebecca Platt - Muskegon, MI

“Sending our love to you all with prayers as you work through this week, welcome family and friends, and think of all the memories of Aunt Mary. It...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Herm and Judy Markwart - Highland, MI


Manton, Michigan. Marian Lorraine Kibbe of Manton, Michigan, 89, died peacefully July 6, 2013 at Sunnyside Senior Living Center in Cadillac, Michigan days before her 90th birthday. Marian was born on August 2, 1923 in Lake City to Vernon and Martha (Tjietjema) Burkolder. On April 15, 1944 she married the love of her life, Leo H. Kibbe, whom she had met on the bus her first day of high school. He preceded her in death on December 16, 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Harold, Everett, Bob and Paul Burkholder and sisters, Bertha Wilson and Helen Albert. Marian is survived by her five children, Lois Rogers of Oklahoma City, Linda (Jerry) Adams of Cadillac, Harold (Paula) Kibbe of Manton, Dan (Lois Gibbs) Kibbe of Hubbard Lake, and David (Bridget) Kibbe of South Bend. Also surviving are fourteen loving grandchildren, John (Nicole) Rogers, Martha (Joshua) Pangburn, Julie (Chris) Hart, Karie (Jason) Tacoma, Chris (Jackie) Kibbe, Andy Kibbe, Dana (Chad) Robinson, Emily (Scottie) Bender, Spencer Gibbs Kibbe, Sean, Patrick, Meghan, Mary Kate and Colin Kibbe. She is survived by 18 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Isabella, Cole, Kylee, Milo, Nora, Peter, Lily, Tessa, Jane, Georgia, Sam, Bailee, Natalee, Elia, Mya, Leo and Miles, and by sisters-in-law, Evelyn Drown, Ione Bishop, Marilyn (Gordy) Peek, Ruth Kibbe and Vera McLeod, and by many nieces and nephews. Born into a hard working Christian family, Marian was the youngest of seven children. She attended grade school at Rollins School and graduated from Manton High School in 1941. After high school Marian ventured off to the big city of Lansing where she worked in a drug store. She returned to Manton where she would live the rest of her life before becoming one of the first residents at Sunnyside Senior Living Center in early 2010. In addition to raising her five children, Marian worked at Plymouth Industries and later at Manton Industries, where she retired in 1983. Marian was an active volunteer, having served as past President of the Manton Philathea Club, the Manton Library Board and the Manton Area Historical Museum. She was a very faithful woman who was a member of Gilbert Trinity Lutheran Church all her adult life, a member of Lutheran Church Women, and the Cadillac Christian Women's Group. Her family and many friends will remember "Mary" as an excellent baker and cook – known for her delicious cinnamon rolls, pies and cookies. She loved to entertain, especially for holidays and family gatherings. Marian's family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Sunnyside for their love and compassion. The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 pm on Wednesday, July 10th at Hall-Holdship Funeral Home, 309 W. Main Street in Manton. A celebration of Marian's life will be held at 11 am, Thursday, July 11th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2780 N. 41 Mile Road, Manton, with nephew Randy Harris presiding. There will also be a time for visitation at the Church one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manton Area Historical Museum or Baruch Senior Ministries (Sunnyside).

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