OBITUARY - MARY HELEN (BARBOUR) BEAR LONG
Mary Helen LONG, daughter of William Gilmore and Mabel Irene (BROWN) BARBOUR was born February 26, 1909 at Garden
Iowa and died August 12, 1999 at Paris, Texas at the age of 90 years, five months and 16 days. She was a graduate of
Beaconsfield High School and a member of the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church.
Helen was married July 9, 1926 to Leonard BEAR. To this union was born a son, William Forrest BEAR.
On February 25, 1931 she was united in marriage to Homer T. LONG. To this union was born a daughter, Barbara Ann.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Barbara WALTERS and her husband Lyle of Bayfield, Colorado; a daughter-in-law, Maxine
BEAR of St. Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren: Steven WALTERS and wife Beverly and Richard WALTERS of Paris, Texas; Jeanne
SLEEPER of Laguana Beach, California; Andy BEAR and wife Barbara of Roberts, Wisconsin; Mike BEAR of River Falls,
Wisconsin; Martha DALLIS and husband David of Douglastown, New York and Mary DUKES and husband Clarence of Minneapolis,
Minnesota; twelve great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Oleta MOON and husband Normand of Omaha,
Nebraska; sisters-in-law Ann BARBOUR of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Alice BARBOUR of Ottumwa, Iowa as well as several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, her son Forrest, a great-granddaughter Alise
and brothers Gilmore, Edwin and Russell BARBOUR.
A skilled seamstress, Helen began a sewing career at 10 years of age that spanned nearly eight decades. She operated an
upholstery business for several years and instructed classes on upholstering at Southwest Community College. She was also
an artisan at a variety of handcrafts and needlework.
In addition to an ever present needlework project, Helen also enjoyed reading, puzzles and in recent years had become an
avid Texas Rangers fan.
Helen was proud of her Scots-Irish heritage and it endowed her with a fierce determination to remain independent as she
dealt with her failing health.
She will be especially remembered for her steadfast faith, her love and pride for her family and her willingness to
generously share her time and talents and lend a hand to family and community projects. Her quiet, gentle nature will
provide a comforting memory for all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 14 at the United Methodist Church in Beaconsfield, Iowa with Pastor Rick
HAWKINS officiating. Mary Ann Smith and Rosalie McAlexander provided the music. Casketbearers were Andy Bear, Steve
WALTERS, Jim SMITH, Mike BEAR, Rick WALTERS and Rex WALTERS.
She was laid to rest in the Oliver Cemetery near Kellerton, Iowa.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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