Mary Lou Teel


Mary Lou Teel, was born October 20, 1932, to parents Adlore and Marie (Brenner) Crevier on the family farm in Millersburg, Michigan.  She grew up an outdoors girl and remained so all her life.  In 1951 she met and married Harold Barber, the handsome Air Force man.  They were transferred to Fairbanks, Alaska, and her adventures there began.  She hunted and fished and was comfortable wearing a 357 pistol on her hip when we’d go berry picking.  She gardened, canned, and was an excellent seamstress.  She discovered gold mining and it quickly became a loved passion.  Mary Lou never met a stranger, and was always there with a helping hand.  Her caring and compassion was felt by all.  She had been active in Alaska Women in Mining, Relay for Life, and Alaska Pioneers organizations.  She retired as a secretary from the Alaska Department of Highways.  Due to illnesses, she moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon in 2012, where she passed on August 4, 2018.  Mary Lou, or “Nana” to most family members, is survived by her two children, Kathy Jo and Russell Gene; grand-children, Tonya LeClair, Joshua Uutela, Deanna Uutela, and Jason Barber; great-grandchildren, Myranda LeClair, Evan Uutela, Hannah Uutela, Riley Scofield, and Lillian Fraser; and great-great grandchild, Maddison Barnett.  Mary Lou was one of five children herself, and is survived by her sister, Jenny Sawyer.  Her friends are too numerous to count and the love felt for her too enormous to measure. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

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