She was born on March 2, 1924 in Elkton, Michigan to Rev. Herman C. and Blanche Howland Heise. Miss Heise married Selden Edward Hare of Reed City, Michigan on November 29, 1947 in Flint, Michigan.
Helen and Selden were dairy farmers in Reed City before moving to the Rio Grande Valley in the 1960s. Helen was a housewife as well as the Hare’s managed a grove care business and managed Mobile Gardens. They lived in Wagon City South and were active in the residential community.
Mrs. Hare was active in civic involvement, her church and other organizations. In 1987, she was honored as First Lady of Mission. She was one of the organizers of the Citrus Ladies of the Chamber of Commerce and served as the first chairman.
As a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mission, she served as Ruling Elder, President of Presbyterian Women and President of the Church Women United. Mrs. Hare also served as Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star serving two terms, State Chaplain of the Eastern Star and served as Board Chairman of the Grand Chapter Benevolences.
She was a Life Member and President of the Friday Review Club, Life Member and President of the Mission Hospital Auxiliary, President of the Rio Grande Valley Council of Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteer Councils, Life Member and President of the McAllen Federation of Women’s Club, District Director for the Texas Extension Homemakers Association in District 12, active member of Busy Bee Club, President of the TFWC of South Texas, and Federation State Chaplain. She also served as parliamentarian, poet laureate and musical accompanist for several organizations.
Over the past 30 years, there were many times when Helen saw a need and was able to find a solution as well as being a mentor to many. To many young people, she was known as Grandma Hare. She made the most of her last name by wearing lots of rabbit pins but always wore an angel pinned on her shoulder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sisters, Ena Radelt Lamb and Luella Fenner Turnpaugh.
Survivors include her sons, Edward C. and Barbara Hare of McAllen and John S. and Angie Hare of Gainesville, Tex.; daughter, Lorry and Lloyd Wismar of Whitecloud, Mich.; grandchildren, Chris and Heather Hare of Houston, Tex.; April Glasscock of Mena, Ark.; Russell Kotzur of Abilene, Tex.; Johnny and Becca Kotzur of Abilene; Jessica and Derek Lacefield of Benbrook, Tex.; Tammy and Mark Tibee of Freemont, Mich.; Melanie and Jason Frey of Freemont; Roxanne Wismar of Freemont; Shonna and Joel Nelson of Owasso, Okla. and Tina and David Hurdle of Fort Worth, Tex. Helen was a loving mother and grandmother blessed with 22 great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces, Sandra K. Neely of Grand Marias, Mich. and Barbara and Germain Blais of Lapeer, Mich.; nephew, Fredrick and Pamela Radelt of Imlay City, Mich.; and many dear friends, including Bob and Pam Sherwood of Mission, Tex.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mission. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Comfort House, 617 Dallas Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501.