Saturday, January 27, 2024

 Barbara Jean Tait

Barbara Jean (Alton) Tait died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 96 on January 13, 2024. Born to parents Marion and James Turner Alton on Oct. 18, 1927, Barbara grew up in Detroit. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Marilyn and Virginia, and by grandson Joey Cox.

Barbara married the love of her life, Alexander J. Tait, in 1947; Alex preceded her in death in 2018, a few days short of their 71st anniversary. Barbara and Alex raised their family in Fowlerville, retired to Fountain Hills, AZ and returned to Michigan for their final years.

Barbara was a devoted wife to Alex and provided unconditional love and support to their four children: Susan Lasswell (Morrison, CO), Karlin Cox (E. Lansing, MI), James (Fountain Hills, AZ) and Steven. She is survived, as well, by nephews John Tait and Baird Heffron.

Barbara adored her seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Barbara’s sunny disposition and generous heart won her many friends. She treasured those friends and generously helped others as a hospital and church volunteer. She was a life-long bridge enthusiast, enjoyed back-yard gardening and loved traveling, especially to Maui with Alex.

The family will hold a private burial co-mingling her and Alex’s ashes in the spring.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.

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