Helen Margaret (Bishop) Durr passed away in Salina, KS, on May 18, 2021, at the age of 95. Helen was born November 14, 1925 at Beaver, KS. She was the third of four children born to George Earl Bishop and Anna (Schremmer) Bishop.
Helen grew up in Beaver, Kansas and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic school there. Her father accepted a job in Holyrood, KS and the family relocated there in 1941. In Holyrood she met her future husband Dale Dane Durr. They were married August 19, 1947 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holyrood, KS. In March 1948 they moved to the Durr farm home located 2 miles south, 3 miles east and ¾ mile south of Smith Center, KS in Crystal Plains Township, Smith County, KS. Their son Dan Dale Durr was born in 1950 and son Douglas Don Durr was born in 1954. The boys attended rural Pleasant Dale School until their 3rd (Douglas) and 7th (Dan) grades. In 1962 the family moved their rural home to 310 Park Street, Smith Center, KS. Helen worked part time at Stevenson’s Men’s Clothing Store and for 22 years at Chandler’s and Weltmer Livestock Auction office.
After 48 years together, Dale, Helen’s love, friend and life partner, passed away on March 17, 1996. Helen and Dale loved the time spent with friends playing cards, dancing and visiting. After Dale’s death Helen greatly missed the social times with other couples. Helen loved people and she was involved in many social groups. She was a charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Altar Society. Some of her social clubs included Golden Oldies, Silver Needle, Garden Lore Club (for 57 years in 2019), card clubs of bridge, pitch and pinochle. She enjoyed her hobbies of crocheting and jigsaw puzzles. Helen organized the Red Hat chapter in Smith Center in June 2004.
In 2009 Helen moved from her home at 310 Park Street to the new Smith Estates apartments in Smith Center. She was very happy there and made many new friends. Helen was always so grateful to her many young friends who helped her to enjoy the many activities during her “golden years.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lawrence and Julius Bishop, sister Ethel Driscoll and grandson David Dane Durr. A seven carnation bouquet has been placed on her casket in colors of 3 red, 3 white and 1 blue in memory of the deceased members of her immediate family.
Helen is survived by her two sons and two special daughters-in-law ̶ Dan Dale Durr and Laurelee “Laurie” (Braden) Durr of Tumwater, WA and Douglas Don Durr and Marcia “Jo” (Gilg) Durr of Salina, KS. Her surviving grandchildren are: Amy (Devin) Harder, Olympia, WA; Dustin (Susan) Durr, Salina, KS; Jaci Durr, McPherson, KS. Her surviving great grandchildren are Dylan Potter, WA; Baleigh Harder, Olympia, WA; Madison Durr, Jessie Durr & Dylan Dane Durr, Salina, KS. Surviving great great grandchildren are Ele Potter, WA. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Lawanda Frees, Hutchinson, KS, and a very special person in her life, niece Marilynn Reid, Lakewood, CO.
Helen will be missed by many who loved her as she loved them, but she is surely now smiling down on all of us as she sends her love and blessings to each and every one.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 403 W. Highway 36, Smith Center, KS with Father Soosaimari Rathinam celebrant. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with a Bible Service starting at 7:00 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Smith County Memorial Hospital and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.