Helen M. Smith Bouse, 82
Helen M. Smith Bouse, 82, widow of Ralph E. “Curly” Bouse of Liberty Corners, Marcy Hill Road, Towanda, PA, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born on July 28, 1928 in Milan, she was the daughter of the late Morris Smith and Dorothy Wells Smith. She was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1948. On Feb. 1, 1949, she married Ralph E. Bouse in New Albany.
She supported her husband in the operation of their dairy farm in Liberty Corners for 59 years. She was a member of the Liberty Corners United Methodist Church and served as president of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Liberty Corners Grange and Friends of the Towanda Public Library.
Helen enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, gardening and flowers.
Survivors include her four children, Tracey Bouse at home, Margaret “Peggy” Heskell and husband, Harold of Towanda, Rose Castrine and husband, Tony of Wilkes-Barre, Glenn “Tom” Bouse of Towanda; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Wizelman of Wysox and Jean Canfield of Wyalusing; three brothers, Fred Smith and wife, Lorrie of Litchfield, Maynard Smith and Gail Moore of Wyalusing, Frank Smith and wife, Vernell of Alamogordo, NM; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Reva and Robert Seymour of Horseheads, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ralph on Aug. 16, 2008; infant son, Neil Bouse; identical twin daughters at birth; three brothers, Morris, Willard and Dale Smith and two sisters, Iva Collins and Thelma French.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m. at the Liberty Corners United Methodist Church with Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
The family received friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Liberty Corners United Methodist Church, c/o Jesse Newman, 991 Marcy Hill Road, Towanda, PA 18848 in Helen’s memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
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