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Helen Julia Barlow Talbot
Helen Julia Barlow Talbot was born Aug. 20, 1916 in Bishop, the oldest of four children of Arthur and Edith Barlow. Her grandfather was one of the early settlers in the Owens Valley and Barlow Lane was named after the family. She passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2014.
Helen attended the Old West Bishop Grammar School and graduated from Bishop High School in 1934. She attended Occidental College for a year and later graduated from Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles. Upon graduation Helen worked for the Nevada-California Electric Power Company as secretary to Superintendent Dave Bromley.
In 1938 Helen married Clark Talbot who had come to Bishop from Burbank to help his brother Ralph manage the Talbot dairy. They had three sons, Steve, Bill and Tom. Helen was a homemaker and loved cooking and helping run the many family businesses, especially the family cattle operation â€“ she was the chief cook and organizer-serving many meals to cowboys, children, grandchildren and many friends.
Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 75 years and very active in the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Bishop Lady Bills.
Helen is survived by her three sons and their wives, Steve and Jill of Gardnerville, Nev., Bill and Sharon and Tom and Laura all of Bishop. She had nine beloved grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one more on the way: Geoff, Darcy and Trace of Lafayette, Brinn, Sophia and Katarina of Truckee, Ryan of Squamish, British Columbia, Tobyn of Oakland, Chris and Lianne of Bishop, Tori, Jon and Grayson of Charlottesville, Va., Tim, Lenee and Ruger of Bishop and Kelly, Taylor, Shealyn, Tanner and Jessie of Bishop, Kayla of Bishop and Ashley and Ben of Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Gillespie of Bishop; and her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Anne Barlow of West Hills and a niece and many nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark in 1997 after 58 years of marriage; and her brother, Art Barlow, Jr. in 2001.
The family would like to thank the Bishop Care Center for their help and care during the last three weeks. But especially they would like to thank Helenâ€™s extraordinary caregivers, Elfriede Huntsinger, Becky Mitchell, Terry Stewart and Diane Wilson, for all of their loving kindness and great care and wonderful companionship. They enabled Helen to remain in her own home until almost the very end and we especially want to thank Dr. Asao Kamei for always being there for his â€śnumber one patient.â€ť
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at the First United Methodist Church, 205 Fowler Street in Bishop, followed by interment at West Line Street Cemetery.
For those wishing to remember Helen, memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimerâ€™s Care Center in honor of Helenâ€™s husband Clark.