Mildred Maxine (Bowles) Tobias
Mildred Tobias age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020, reuniting with those she loved so much, who have gone before her. Mildred was born November 13, 1925 in East Leroy, MI the daughter of William and Lilian (Hoeflin) Bowles.
She attended the Blackett School as a child and was a 1942 graduate of Lakeview High School.
Before retirement, Mildred worked from a young age and for many companies: US Register Co., Ralstons, V.C. Squier, Post Cereal, and others. After retirement she served as a Lifespan Hospice Volunteer for many years.
Surviving are her Nephews, Leonard (Julie) Matthews and Ron Bigelow. Nieces: Geneva Bowles and Susan (Eldon) Miller. Great Nephews: William (Penny) Hart, Jeff Bowles, Great Nieces: Sandy (Alan) Hart, Tina (Murray) Cummins, Lisa Nease, Jenny Matthews, Stacy (Miller) Whelan, Mindy Miller, Shannon (Miller) Rodriquez; 16 Great-Great Nieces and Nephews; 18 Great-Great-Great Nieces and Nephews; plus numerous Grandkids, Nieces, and Nephews that Mildred loved and supported through her marriages.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lilian Bowles; by her spouses: Robert Campbell, Gale Tobias, William Gibson, and Glenn Mitchell; sisters Mary Arlene (Bowles) Grizzard, Florence (Bowles) Matthews, and Ethel Margaret (Bowles) Bigelow. nephews Louis William (Bill) Hart, Morris Guy Bowles; Great nephew: James Bowles, and Great nieces: Marsha Bowles and Stacy (Hart) Livingston.
Mildred had an endless love for kids and animals. She took nieces and nephews in treating them as her children. Took them on vacations, bought school clothes, shoes, and helped with any crises any of them came to her with through the years. She adopted and loved her dogs and numerous cats. For that reason, her wishes were for any memorial donations be made to The Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015.
A memorial service is planned for outdoors in the parking lot at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The “Drive Around Service” will precede the memorial service from 1:00 until 2:00 PM where friends and family can come in the entrance off M-37 into the parking lot and drive around. The family is most concerned about keeping everyone a safe distance away from each other during this Coronavirus pandemic and still would like to celebrate Mildred’s life. With these thoughts in mind, we are asking well-wishers to stay in their cars but sign a special card provided by the funeral home that they were in attendance. If people want to hear the eulogy from Pastor John Grafton it will be broadcast into the parking lot.
The family will display her urn and floral tributes. The family would appreciate you sharing your sentiments through greeting cards left at the service.
A private inurnment will be later at Leroy Congregational Cemetery in Leroy Township. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. www.bachmanhebble.com 269-965-5145