Former Saginaw, Mich., resident Mary Grace (Howe-Fortier) Staffon was born on Nov. 1, 1925, in Saginaw (and lived on a riverboat), and passed away at her home in Kingman June 29 at the age of 81 after a short illness.
Grace is survived by her husband, Eugene Staffon of Kingman; and her four children, Richard Jr. (Linda) Fortier-Sanford of Michigan, Mary Ann Phillips-Cerritos of California, Sherri (Dave) Reed-Tollhouse of California and Pamela Correa-Lakewood of California. She was the grandmother to seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Surviving sisters are Theresa Ann Munger-Freeland of Michigan, Leona (John) Holubik of Kingman and June (John) Daly of Reno. In-laws Larry (Carol) Fortier of Saginaw, Dolores Swickard of Saginaw, Donna (James) Walderzak of Saginaw and Jeannette Mayer of Beaufort, S.C., and many nieces and nephews also survive her with a special mention of niece Carol (Ron) Wiles of Saginaw.
Preceding her to the peaceful life ahead are her parents, Charles and Effie LaBeau, siblings Lola, Charles, Yvonne and first husband Richard Fortier, and daughter Deborah Kay Fortier.
Grace worked for Host International at Los Angeles International Airport as a cashier hostess and loved it so much she worked her way to become a manager. She met a lot of celebrities who passed through the terminals, such as Jimmy Durante, Liberace, Shirley Jones, Dolly Parton and Jerry Lewis, and met the niece of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who invited her to lunch at their home.
She loved camping in the desert and had a special place in Sequoia National Park, called Buckeye Flats, that she truly loved to visit.
Her family and friends will miss her very much.