Barbara Ann Coury Detlefsen


Barbara Ann Coury Detlefsen of Slippery Rock passed away in a car accident in Pittsfield, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 1946, to Manuel John Coury Sr. and Helen Hazer Coury. She married Michael Ernest Detlefsen on Dec. 30, 1976.
Barbara graduated from Briar Cliff College and studied via correspondence with the London Montessori Center.
Barbara taught first grade for seven years in the Sioux City school system.
With her husband, Mike, she opened Room to Grow Montessori in her own home where she welcomed students for 34 years. Along with assistant Betty Holmes, she had the delight of being an integral part of the early education of more than 400 students. She believed that every child deserves to be heard and that we must listen. She tirelessly proved this belief throughout her life in her family, in her work and in her community.
She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock and in her true characteristic style, she quietly helped in a number of capacities within the church.
Among those contributions, she created and maintained the Pebble Catholic Room at the Newman Center in Slippery Rock and was active in teaching CCD, Vacation Bible School and joyously participating in the Sewing Ministry.
Survivors include husband, Michael, at home; son, Bradley J. (Roseann) Detlefsen; and grandson Julian Thomas Detlefsen of West Chester; sister, Mary (Carlos) Carrillo of Sioux City, Iowa; brother, Manuel John Coury Jr., of Sioux City, Iowa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeff (Jan) Detlefsen of Portland, Ore.; niece, Maria (Dennis) Madden of Dakota Dunes, S.D.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Children and former students may send or deliver a copy of their favorite children's book to the Slippery Rock Community Library, located at 465 North Main St., Slippery Rock.
Others may choose to donate in Barbara's name to the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard, located at 324 N. Main St., Slippery Rock.
To honor Barbara, please to share in her unrelenting spirit of kindness and love.

Barbara Ann, 72, of Slippery Rock.
Calling hours: From 1 to 4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday (9-6-19) and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
Service: Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at St. Peter Church, 670 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, with Father Adam Verona and Father Steven Neff of the church presiding.
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Published on August 23, 2019
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Nancy Barta-Smith
Sep 05, 2019
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Casey and Lynn Mickelson
Aug 23, 2019
So sorry to read this Mike - you are in our prayers for a speedy recovery from your injuries. May God grant you peace and comfort in these tough days.