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Obituary for Mary Bisbee

Mary Louise Bisbee (née Helling) passed at her daughter, Deborah and son-in-law, Richard Lemke’s residence in Greer, SC on October 12, 2023.

She was born on May 8, 1927 to Rudolph William and Anna Helling in Union MO. She was the fifth born of six siblings, Blanche, Herbert, Allen, Mabel and Pat. She attended and graduated from Union HS in 1945. Mary worked at the local shoe factory as an accounts payable/receivables secretary, where she met William Bisbee, Sr., the love of her life. He preceded her in death in 2019: they were married for 72 years.

Upon retiring they moved to Westphalia, MO and purchased a farm. In 1987 they moved to Jefferson City. Mary was an extremely talented woman. She sang beautifully, often at weddings, funerals and in the church choir. She was an incredible seamstress, making clothes for herself, her children and grandchildren, and made incredible costumes for them for operettas and plays. Mary was a woman of strong faith. She created and sewed altar cloths and banners for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schubert where she and Bill were active members. A fantastic cook, she often created artistic cakes. She will be best remembered for her art. Mary sketched family profiles in charcoal, and painted over 30 gorgeous paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic. She loved gardening and fishing.

Mary is survived by: Deborah (Bisbee), her daughter, and Richard Lemke of Greer SC, William Bisbee, Jr., her son of Kansas City, MO; her grandson Stephan Langston (Gina) of LaGrange, GA; granddaughters, Yara (Mike) Butler of Chappels, SC, Grace (Danny) Miller of Denver, CO, and Amy (Joe) Morales of Shawnee, KS.; and her great-grandchildren, Elijah and Lukas Langston and Evelyn Miller.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings and Mary Anne Bisbee, wife of William, Jr.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 28, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4409 St. John’s Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gerald Scheperle officiating. Mary will be laid to rest in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church by mailing donations to P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.