Helen Louise St. Clair Buhler passed away at Brandon Woods at Alvamar on Friday, May 1, 2015. Memorial services will be Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 11 am at Plymouth Congregational Church, with the Rev. Dr. Peter A. Luckey officiating. Inurnment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 am until service time Thursday at the church.
Helen Louise was born March 4, 1921, in Lawrence, Kansas to John S. and Matie Belle Morgan St. Clair. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School and later attended Kansas University, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She married Everett Eugene Buhler on December 20, 1941, in Pensacola, Florida.
She is survived by their five children and their families, David and Beth Buhler, Lawrence, Amelia, Kristen, & Adam; Robert and Annette Buhler Jones, Garden City, Megan, Matthew, & Stephen; Mark and Elizabeth Buhler Ames, Columbia, Mo., Julia, Jessica, & Mallory; Mark and Marsha Buhler, Lawrence, Anne, Tyson & Sam; and Kathryn Buhler Bernhardt, Virginia Beach, Va., Andrew, Hanna, Mary, & Jon; and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, and her sister Rachael Virginia Curd.
Everett and Helen returned to Lawrence from Garden City in 1958 to raise and educate their family. Helen worked for many years at Lawrence National Bank and was involved with Delta Gamma Advisory, LaSertoma, P.E.O., and the Watkins Museum. Helen was a great granddaughter of Johnathan Flanders Morgan, a member of the New England Immigrant Aid Society, which arrived in Lawrence in 1854. The Morgan homestead was located on the south side of Mount Oread, now part of the University of Kansas. The homestead was burned during Quantrill’s Raid on August 21, 1863, though all family members survived.
Always gracious and sincere, she enjoyed the company of family and many friends. Contributions in Helen Louise’s memory may be made to Visiting Nurses or Plymouth Congregational Church, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.
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As another member of the greater Hopkins family, I have the fondest memories of Helen, Everett and family. Times with the Buhlers were the BEST!! – always love, always laughter, always fun, always a warm place to gather. As a child (and still) I could never comprehend how Helen pulled off such a beautiful meal for so many, especially when many more than her own sat down at the family dining room table to enjoy her cooking. An amazing woman, wife, mother friend and community servant. As Kathy referenced, I like to think that Helen and Everett are very much a part of “the committee”; what fun they must be having. Prayers for and Love to all the Buhlers.
I will forever cherish Helen Buhler as a tremendous pillar in my life. Someone who never had an enemy and who was adored by anyone she came in contact with. The whole Buhler family are as good as it gets in one’s life. May Helen rest in peace, free of a broken, painful body. Her wonderful spirit and countless spectacular memories will never leave us.
Love always, the Hopkins Family
ear Buhler Family. Our family is thinking of all of you. We have lost a very dear friend. Love to you all. Clara & Ernie.
Sorry to hear about your mom
Love Kathy and NORB
From the Sale kids to the Buhler kids we wish to express our deepest condolences in the loss of your wonderful Mother. I particularly remember going to your house off 6th Street and thinking how welcoming your Mom always was and colossal your home was…it seemed gigantic at that age. She was a gracious lady and many have fond memories of her, including me. Take care, and know she is in a better place with your Dad again free of the agony of crossing over.
Dear Buhler Family,
I hope to represent the larger Hopkins/Meyer/Nelligan families at your precious mother’s service Thursday. She has always represented the finest in parenting, welcoming, and celebrating togetherness for all of us. I still have dreams of standing in her kitchen, watching her uncover a huge fragrant spiral-cut ham to feed our gathered clans. I will always hear her soft low voice and her chuckle at the chaos of all us children whirling around her. How my parents loved her (and your dear dad)! They made such wonderful memories in Garden City, Lawrence, and the mountains of Colorado. Our family has a habit of considering our most charming late family members as having formed a committee with some influence (that we notice) on weather and other circumstances whenever we gather as a huge group. I feel certain that Helen Louise will be an energetic new member of “the committee” — welcomed by them in grand fashion. We send all of you our love.
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