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Helen Barrett, 103 - February 18, 2009


Helen Stuckey Barrett, 103, of Lexington died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at her home in Lexington.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Barrett was born Sept. 3, 1905, to George Edgar and Marjorie (Campbell) Stuckey at Broken Bow. For the first 10 years of her life, she lived on Lone Star Ranch near Oconto with her parents and two younger brothers, attending nearby Burr Oak School in Custer County.
In 1915, at the age of 10, she and her family moved to Lexington where her mother preceded her in death. Her father remarried Gertrude Memmot, and three additional brothers were born to the family.
She attended Lexington Public Schools until 1921, when she enrolled at Lindenwood College Academy near St. Louis, MO, graduating in 1923. She then attended classes at Hastings College until graduating with a degree in home economics in 1927.
In 1927, she was united in marriage to Harold O. Barrett of Lexington, also a graduate of Hastings College. The couple shared the next 47 years together until his death in 1974.
During World War II, she served as an aide at the community hospital and in the offices of Dr. Anderson and Dr. Wycott, and until the war ended, remained a frequent volunteer at the North Platte Canteen, recruiting other women to serve with her.
Barrett’s life was dedicated to being a wife, mother and grandmother coupled with her unending service to others, according to family members. She was an active participant in the Presbyterian church where she served as deacon and a leader of the Women’s Association. She was also a member of the Lexington Mother’s Club and a 72-year member of P.E.O.
?She served many years heading up Lexington’s Goodwill Association and was an active member of the local hospice through the community hospital as well as a 4-H club leader for children growing up in less fortunate circumstances.
Barrett enjoyed gardening and the opportunity to share her flowers with friends, said family members. She was well into her 80’s when she organized a walking club for women who wanted to get outdoors and walk for their health.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Marjorie; her husband, Harold; brothers—John C. Stuckey, Dean Stuckey, Robert Stuckey, James Stuckey and David Stuckey; an infant sister, Ruth.
Survivors include: her son, William “Bill” E. (Elsie) Barrett of Lexington; her daughter, Marjorie (James) Barrett Hewitt of Lincoln; eight grandchildren—William (Karen) Barrett of San Jose, CA, Elizabeth (Steve Potter) Barrett of Gothenburg, David Barrett and John (Laurie) Hewitt, all of Omaha, Jane (Steve) Sarnes of Lexington, Mary Jones, William Hewitt and Martha Hoile, all of Lincoln; nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Hastings College and the Lexington Community Foundation.

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