Stella Mae Tabb, age 73, of Lakeview, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022, at Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital following a long illness. Stella was born in Logan, West Virginia, on August 30, 1948, daughter of Reginald Clyde and Myrtle Marie (York) Cheeks, both of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Midland High School with the Class of 1966, and shortly after, married Michael Lee Tabb on September 10, 1966. He preceded her in death in 1999. Stella worked for the Briggs and Stratton Company assembling small engines, was proud of her work there and enjoyed taking compliments on the quality and longevity of the product she was part of manufacturing for so many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed researching family genealogy, putting together puzzles, playing Pokemon Go and would be happy to go on a shopping trip whenever someone asked. She will be remembered as an avid B.I.N.G.O. player and had a regular circuit she played which required her to travel from Lakeview to Greenville, Belding and Sheridan each week to hit all the best spots. Stella also loved to fish and tended and grew a beautiful garden full of flowers and produce each year.
Stella will be remembered by her dear children, Malissa Cook, Sheila (Kevin) Tabb and Christopher Tabb; her beloved grandchildren, Michael Tabb, Jamie Bailey, Adam (Katreena) Bailey, Zachary (Sierra) Bailey and Daniel (Kennett) Bird; 8 special great grandchildren Greyson, Eli, Alyvia, Averi, Kierslyn, Blaine and Zeke; sisters Joann (Frank) Marquez, Jeanette (Lou) Frizzell and Barbara (David) Sanchez; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde “Buddy” Cheeks and a niece, Kathy Marquez.
The family is planning private memorial services. Those wishing to express their sympathy are welcomed to consider a donation in Stella’s memory to the wishes of the family. For additional information please contact Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding at (616) 794-1300 or at www.verdunfh.com.