Aug. 7 Barbara Nanita Rech, 82,
Aug. 6 Dorothy A. Gorham, 92, of Ten Sleep
Aug. 9 Charlotte Marie Hall, 62, of Manderson, in Casper
Aug. 12 George David Michaels, 89, of Burlington, in Cody
Aug. 9 Jacqueline Ann Wolf Shubert, 77, of Cheyenne, formerly of Worland
Aug. 20 DonElla Chesteen, 73, of Thermopolis, in Riverton
Aug. 14 Richard Neil Meisinger, 89, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Aug. 23 Helen M. Bond, 84, of Worland, in Maplewood, Minn.
Helen M. Bond passed away very unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
in Maplewood, Minnesota where she was attending the wedding of her
grandson, Sean Bethke. Her sudden passing came as a great shock to
the whole family, and indeed to everyone who knew her, as she was a
powerhouse of energy, strength, and vitality – especially remarkable
for someone 84 years of age.
Born Helen Mary Roe in Hayden, Colorado on Oct. 14, 1929, the family later moved to Craig, Colorado where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence, graduating from Craig High School. She later attended Barns Business College in Denver, Colorado. She was the fourth of five children born to John M. and Helen E. Roe, who both preceded her in death. She was the last surviving sibling, following John D. Roe, Harriet Cooper, Robert Roe, and Herbert Roe.
It was also in Craig where she met Ralph D. Bond. Their small-town, fairy-tale courtship included him picking her up in his milk delivery truck and dropping her off at the bakery where she worked. Their love of outdoor sports, social activities, and common personal values grew into a wonderful friendship that blossomed into love and marriage. In April of 1947, Ralph went to work for Amoco. On their wedding day, she was 18 and he turned 22, as their union was celebrated on Ralph’s birthday—Jan. 5, 1948 and the couple moved to Rangely, Colorado where they lived for 10 years. In 1957 they were transferred to Worland.
In the 66½ years they enjoyed together, Helen and Ralph grew to become the most beautiful of life partners. They laughed together daily, played together often, supported each other perfectly, and treated each other with great admiration and respect. They both knew how blessed they were to have come together, each recognizing those extraordinary gifts and talents that perfectly complemented the other’s.
Out of this beautiful union came four very lucky children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one more to be born this January. Helen, by her example, instilled in her family a strong faith in God and a firm belief in the power of prayer, a love of fun, a passion for caring, and a fierce commitment to loving and supporting each other through all of life’s mountains and valleys. What started as a wonderful strong core family has grown to include spouses through marriage and also numerous relatives and friends who have become like children and grandchildren thanks to Helen’s inexhaustible capacity to love and nurture so many people.
Helen’s love of physical activity and natural athleticism were apparent from earliest childhood when she would hang her wire-rimmed glasses in a bush and play football with the neighborhood kids. She could also be found scaling the steep face of the “sand rocks” overlooking Craig to explore caves with her friends. All through life she enjoyed rock hunting, swimming, skiing, tennis, bowling, and golf. She was a great physical competitor, but also enjoyed a good competitive game of scrabble, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. Her love of learning also translated into a gift for teaching, an ability which she shared for many years as a Title One aide at West Side School.
Helen’s Christian faith and church family have always been of utmost importance to her. She belonged to First Baptist Church of Worland for 57 years and served in many capacities: as a teacher of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, a deaconess, and a member of various Women’s Circles. Other community activities she enjoyed were delivering Meals on Wheels, attending community concerts, and being a member of the Washakie County Museum.
Music also played a very important part in her life. She played the French horn and loved to sing. In fact, she had a song (or one phrase of a song) for all occasions. One of her legacies to her descendants will be the many tunes and lyrics that will come to mind daily thanks to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen E. Roe and John M. Roe; her siblings, John D. Roe, Harriet Cooper, Robert Roe, and Herbert Roe; as well as her daughter, Ellen Kay Taylor; and her grandson, Kegan Bethke.
Helen is survived by husband, Ralph D. Bond; her children, Karen (Tim) Sullivan of Buffalo, Susan (Kevin) Bethke of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Brad Bond of Scottsdale, Arizona; and her son-in-law, Rodney Taylor of Casper. Her grandchildren include Sara (Ben) Vrbas, Dane (Jessica) Taylor, Allison (Matt) Orr, Caley (Rob) Meyers, Shayna Sullivan, Meghan Sullivan, Kellan (Channing) Bethke, Sean (Erika) Bethke, and Kara (Michael) Manders. Her great-grandchildren are McKayla and Bridger Meyers.
Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Worland. After the graveside service, coffee and dessert will be served at the church. The family is asking that any memorial donations be made to a charity of choice.
Veile Mortuary of Worland is assisting the family with the arrangements.