Frances Anna Tubbs

Former La Plata County resident Frances Anna Tubbs died of artherosclerotic heart disease June 14, 2012, in Clearwater, Fla. She was one month shy of her 97th birthday.

Mrs. Tubbs was born to Matthew and Esther Kinghorn Briggs on July 18, 1915, in Allison. She graduated from Durango High School in the early 1930s.

In 1934, she married J.W. Tubbs in Durango. The couple were sheep ranchers in the Allison and Bayfield areas, running a flock of about 1,000 sheep.

In her late 40s, Mrs. Tubbs returned to school, earning a bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College in 1964 and went on to earn a master’s degree from Adams State College in Alamosa in 1965.

She taught for a year at Bayfield Elementary School and, after she and her husband sold their ranch, was a reading specialist for the Corona School District in Corona, Calif., for 20 years until her retirement when she was 70.

“She said her contribution to the world was to help 700 children to read well,” her family said.

After her retirement, Mrs. Tubbs moved to Florida to be near her daughter.

She was a member of United Methodist Church and National Education Association.

Mrs. Tubbs was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, J.W. Tubbs, in 1975; and son John A. Tubbs.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith Ann Willey of Clearwater; son Harold D. Tubbs of Jacksonville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Pine River Cemetery on County Road 501 in Bayfield.