(February 23, 1924 – November 2, 2011)
Barbara Thurber Lloyd, 87, died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the home of her daughter. Barbara was born February 23, 1924 to Mona V. Atkinson Thurber and Delos Thurber of Midland. She grew up on Gordon Street and spent many of her childhood years helping her family at the Atkinson and Thurber grocery store at 110 Main Street. Getting her driver?ÇÖs license at age 13, she delivered groceries in an old pickup truck to Midland families. Her paternal grandmother, Emma Thurber, ran a boarding house on Ashman Street. Barbara spent many evenings at her grandmother?ÇÖs dining room table in the late 1920?ÇÖs and early 1930?ÇÖs listening to Dow employees who had arrived in Midland and stayed at ?Ç£Aunt Em?ÇÖs?Ç¥. At the family cottage on Wixom Lake she had many exciting adventures with her friends in her late teens. Following graduation from Midland High School in 1942, she had the opportunity to work for Samuel Taylor, D.O. She went on many home deliveries of babies and had interesting tales to tell of driving through snow storms and being unable to contact the ?Ç£outside world?Ç¥ if the patients didn?ÇÖt have phones. In 1946, she married Lester L. Lloyd (Jack) and settled into married life first in Bay City while her husband finished business college, then in Midland. She had 4 daughters; Marta, Lynne, Marianne, and Diane. She and her husband opened Lloyd Ceramic Studio in 1971. Although she admits she was never an artist, she enjoyed learning the techniques her husband taught. She was most proud of her hand painted nativity set. In the 1980?ÇÖs they moved to Sugar Springs in Gladwin. They were active in the Gladwin Episcopal Church where Mr. Lloyd was the organist. In 1985 they retired to Florida where they remained until 2006 when she decided to return to Midland. She resided at Riverside on Main Street. She is survived by her daughters: Marta Smith of Midland, Lynne Curry of Midland, Diane (Rick) Sullivan, of Bradenton, Florida, grandchildren; Bradford (Tina) Smith Esq. of Bloomington, Indiana, Eric Smith of Midland, and Kimberly Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, great granddaughters Jacqueline and Addison Smith of Bloomington, Indiana, her brother, William S. (Margaret) Thurber of Holland, Michigan and sister-in-law Edith (Dominick) Gagliardi of Midland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 2006, daughter Marianne, in 1979, and grandson Douglas in 2001. Memorial service will be held on June 30, 2012. A reminder will be published before that date. Contributions to Mid Michigan Hospice and Toni and Trish House are welcome. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.