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Bessie Leona Tubbs

October 12, 1939 - September 12, 2015


Lockwood, New York

Date of Death:

September 12, 2015



Birth Date:

October 12, 1939

Birth Place:

Standing Stone Township, Pennsylvania

Service Information:

North Waverly Chapel, 40 State Route 34, Waverly, New York on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM


North Waverly Chapel, 40 State Route 34, Waverly, New York on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10:30 to 11:45 AM


Bradford County Memorial Park

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Bessie Leona Tubbs

Bessie Leona Tubbs, 75, of Lockwood, New York passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 12, 2015 after a very courageous battle with stroke recovery and ovarian cancer.  Leona was predeceased by, parents, Henry and Bessie Benjamin Grace; son-in-law, William Relyea; daughter-in-law, Joanne Bidlack; sisters, Betty Grace, and Agnes Grace; brother, Leroy Grace; brothers-in-law, Russell Tubbs and Myron Tubbs; nephews, Thomas Barber, Michael Pickering, Michael VanDyke, and James Lamphere III, along with several aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her husband, Carlton Tubbs of Lockwood; children, Robin (Dana) (Relyea) Baldwin of Barton, and Duane Bidlack of Ulster, PA; three grandchildren, Codie Relyea of Bronx, NY, Jarrett Bidlack of Ulster, PA, and Reed Bidlack of Ulster, PA; several step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren; step-children, Bruce (Jocelyn) Tubbs of Lockwood, Allyn (Connie) Tubbs of Gouverneur, Beth (Ethan) Tubbs-Ford of Richmond, VA, Barbara (Greg) Gantt of Fishers, IN, and Cynthia (Dan) Overvoll of Portage, IN; sisters, Margaret Pickering of Baxter Springs, KS, Henrietta (Don) Teeter of Athens, PA, Dora Ann (Clarence) Cook of Hidden Nite, NC; sister-in-law, Doris (Noel) Tubbs of Sayre, PA; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Special nieces, Nancy (Russell) Lawrence of Monroeton, PA, and Cindi (David) Rathbun; special friends, Jane Gerould of Towanda, PA,  Becky Stradley of Milan, PA and a special caregiver, Nancy Hall of Lockwood. 

Leona worked at Valley stockyards, Kountry Kreations where she learned her dry flower arranging skills, Bradford County Manor, and the Dandy Mini Mart as a deli manager in Ulster until her retirement in 2008.  She enjoyed baking, flower gardening, fishing, dried flower arranging, and her animals.  Leona was a graduate of Towanda High School.   She was comforted by her dog companions, Penny and Trevor. 

The family invites friends to call on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM and on Saturday, from 10:30 to 11:45 AM at the North Waverly Chapel, 40 State Route 34, Waverly, NY.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM at the North Waverly Chapel with a fellowship luncheon to follow.  Burial will take place in Bradford County Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Leona’s name to North Waverly Chapel, Kitchen Renovation Fund, 40 State Route 34, Waverly, NY  14892 or Lourdes Hospice,  4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY  13850.  Those wishing may visit our Facebook page or send a private sympathy message of remembrance for Leona’s family in “obituaries” at

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