Barbara Bear

Sept. 22, 1951-Feb. 8, 2020

Barbara Bear, 68, “Mana

Se’ Wehinu Mihe” (Spring

Willow Woman), passed

away with her family at

her side, on February 8,

2020, at a Rochester, MN


Barbara Rae Bear was

born on September 22,

1951 in Riverdale, ND to

Elizabeth Parshall and

Lloyd Howard. She re-

ceived her formal educa-

tion at Chamberlain and

Stephan, SD Catholic

schools. She graduated

from high school in 1969,

at the age of 17, and went

on to pursue a business

certificate at El Cerrito,

CA. She also attended

Bismarck State College,

majoring in criminal jus-


Barbara held several

prestigious secretarial po-

sitions, such as in the US

Federal Office in

Bismarck, ND; Owens

Valley Planning in

Bishop, CA; Horace Mann

Elementary School in Ra-

pid City, SD; and was

most proud to have

worked under Carl Whit-

man. Barbara’s career

span with the MHA Na-

tion was over 25 years

and ended with her retire-ment on April 29, 2016.

On October 18, 1990,

Barbara was united in

marriage to James Bear

and they shared the love

of traveling, movies, and

music. She was a loving

mother to her only child,

Shawn, and adored and

doted on her two grand-

daughters, Keelia and

Taya. Barbara took pride

in all their activities and

would often say “my ba-

bies are my life.” Her

charm and smile would

enlighten any given mo-

ment, just like her love for

extended family and

friends. She was a true

“Momma Bear” to those

who loved her.

Barbara leaves behind

many to cherish her

memory including her

daughter, Shawn Charg-

ing (Brent); nephew-son,

Travis Parshall; sister,

Jackie Parshall (Bill Hal-

sey); brother, Russell

Parshall; special grand-

daughters, Keelia Eliza-

beth and Taya Leotie

Charging; maternal aunts,

Truby Stiff Arm and Reni-

ta Mandan; maternal un-

cle, Albert Little Owl;

paternal aunts, LaVonne

Bruce and Ada Crows

Breast; paternal uncle,

Waldron Crows Breast;

and numerous cousins,

nieces, nephews and

grandchildren whom she

loved dearly.

Barbara was preceded

in death by her husband,

James Bear; mother, Eliza-

beth Parshall; father,

Lloyd Howard; sisters,

Merle Feather Henke and

Paula Parshall; brothers,

Wayne “Boots” Howard,

George “Troy” Parshall

and Melvin Henke.

Funeral: Saturday,

February 15, 2020 at 10

a.m. in Parshall-Lucky

Mound Veterans Memori-al Hall, Parshall

Wake: Friday beginning

at 5 p.m. in the memorial


Family and Friends

Gathering: Friday from

2-4 p.m. in Langhans Fun-

eral Home, Parshall

Interment: Memorial

Congregational Cemetery,

rural Parshall