Reva “Toots” Gunn

Died Dec. 5, 2018


Reva “Toots” Gunn, 88, of West Branch passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Dec. 5, 2018, after a brief illness.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert “Gib” Gunn for 43 years; loving mother to Julie Lelo, Debra Gunn Downing, both of Newport Beach, Calif., Sallie (Jerry) Anderson and Kolleen (AbuOmar) Gunn, both of Chicago, Ill.; and adoring grandmother (GG) to Molly Downing, Lindsay Anderson, Cameron Anderson, Zachary AbuOmar and Nadia AbuOmar.

Toots was born Reva Eileen Hoffmann on Sept. 8, 1930, in Detroit and was raised in the Thumb area. She was the loving sister to her four siblings, Esther (Gordon) Miller, the late William Owens, Irene Kreiner (the late Ed) and Ronald (Katherine) Owens. She attended Wayne State University. In 1952 she married the love of her life, Gib Gunn. They raised their four daughters in Brown City. Toots and Gib moved to the Rose City area in 1974 where they owned and operated the Shady Shores Party Store on George Lake in Lupton for 21 years. The two of them were admired fixtures in the local community, known for their generosity and customer service.

Family always came first for Toots and she cherished the time spent with those she loved. She was honored to be “aunt” to her many nieces and nephews and was endlessly proud of her five grandchildren. Toots had a witty sense of humor, delivered with a twinkle in her eyes. Her compassion for all human beings was inspiring. She had the special ability to touch people in deep and meaningful ways. Her strong commitment to her faith provided a life foundation. She was a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brown City and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rose City. Toots loved nature and all living creatures; she was an avid gardener with a “green thumb,” taking pride in her beautiful flowers that always delighted the neighborhood.

For approximately 30 years Toots and Gib’s hearts were closely tied to their home on Rifle Lake, the center of family activities and many events. The door to the Lake House was open to everyone. It was here their love and generosity were always on display enjoying their children and growing family of grandchildren, friends and relatives. Those years spent at the Lake House produced a lifetime of cherished memories for Toots and Gib’s family.

Toots lived a life of family, friendship and faith and set an example of grace in every aspect of her life until the very end. The legacy of her love will live on for generations to come in her family.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Rose City. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 165 E. Sage Lake Rd., Rose City, MI 48654 or Hospice of Helping Hands, 322 W. Houghton Ave., West Branch, MI 48661.


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