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Mrs. Gregory, Tulip Fancier, Dies At 64

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Garden On W. Jefferson Annually Attracted Many Flower Lovers

Mrs. Clara Mae Gregory, 64, whose colorful tulip garden at her home at 719 W. Jefferson St. annually attracted hundreds of visitors from throughout this area, died yesterday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital from a heart attack.

Her garden of 8,000 colorful blooms was noted as one of the most outstanding in the city, and until last week-end she had been preparing the hundreds of different varieties at her residence for the annual spring showing.

Mrs. Gregory took up gardening as a hobby in 1932, following the death of her husband, William Gregory.

Born In Dexter

She was born Aug. 5, 1885, in Dexter, a daughter of Richard and Mary Howard Bell. She and Mr. Gregory were married in Dexter on Oct. 11, 1904, and in 1906 the couple moved to Ann Arbor. He was associated with the Fischer Hardware Store here from that date until the time of his death.

Mrs. Gregory was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the West Side Woman’s Club, Group Six of the King’s Daughters, and the Bon Air Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. James B. Blashill of Green Lake and Mrs. Lawrence E. Dierterle of Ann Arbor; three sisters, Mrs. Thomas Spilling and Mrs. Frank Mullholland, both of Ann Arbor, and Mrs. Clyde Dixon of Detroit; four brothers, H. R. Bell of Hammond, Ind., and Stanley, Louis and Donald Bell, all of Dexter; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the Muehlig Chapel, with Dr. James Brett Kenna officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dexter. Friends may call at the chapel.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dies In Hospital: Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Mae Gregory, 64, of 719 W. Jefferson St., who died yesterday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, will be held at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the Muehlig Chapel. She was known throughout this part of the state for her tulip garden of some 8,000 colorful flowers.