Molly Longmoor Bard passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020. Molly was a Buddhist and her faith sustained her for many years. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Dec. 31, 1936, to Justin “Jud” and Mary Longmoor. She met her husband, Bud Bard, on a blind date in 1958 and they were married on April 25, 1959, in Twisp. It was love at first sight!
She is survived by her husband, Bud, and their two children, Suzanne Pierce and her husband, Jim, and Eric Bard and his wife, Heidi. Also, by five grandchildren: Suzanne and Jim’s two children, Milly Romeijn-Stout and her husband, Ben, and Tristan Pierce and his wife, Grace; and Eric and Heidi’s three boys, Owen, Jasper and Uli. Molly is survived by her sister, Jo Carvitto, her husband, Jim, and their three boys, Molly’s nephews Justin, Jake and Jared Carvitto and their families.
Molly worked as a medical technologist at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle and at Northwest Hospital as well. She loved her grandchildren very much and loved dogs. Over a space of 15 years, she rescued 300 Chihuahuas. No call relating to a Chihuahua being lost, or found, would ever go unanswered! Molly also loved games. She was very good at mahjong and cribbage. She loved going to movies and every week would attend a local movie theater with her husband. Molly was also very athletic. She was on the tennis team at Twisp High School and played tennis all her life. The words that stood out in sympathy cards received were “an authentic and sweet person.” She was much loved!
Molly’s parents, now deceased, introduced her and her family to the Pasayten Wilderness. Her father, Jud Longmoor, was a forest ranger in the Methow, and he and his wife, Mary, took Molly and her family on many hikes into the wilderness that Jud knows so well. Her daughter, Suzanne, and her husband live in Montana and walk around enjoying the area where they live. And her son, Eric, and his family, who live in Washington state, continue the legacy of loving nature and hiking to remote lakes in the Pasayten.
Molly graduated from Twisp High School in 1954 as salutatorian and went on to graduate from Whitman College in 1958. Her best friends for all of her life were her classmates at Twisp High, Karen Filer Kapp and Nell Park Sundberg, who both predeceased her. Molly had great memories of spending the summer of 1954 as a fire lookout on the Leecher Lookout with Nell. A few years ago, they reminisced about their experience with fire lookout Bill Austin, “Lightning Bill.” Molly’s full life will be celebrated at a later date.