North Powder, Union County, Oregon
Died-At North Powder, Oregon, Tuesday, August 30, 1921, Mary A. Bidwell, age 82 years and 5 months. The funeral took place from the M. E. Church, Union, Oregon, Thursday, September 1, at 2 p.m.
Mary Ann Gilbert was born March 31, 1839, at Spencer, New York. When but a small child she moved with her parents to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she lived till she reached womanhood. On September 5, 1859, she was united in marriage to Charles C. Bidwell who passed away November 25, 1915. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive her. They are Chester, of Island City; Frank A., Homer C., and Mrs. Emma Clark, of North Powder, Oregon.
The family moved to Missouri and after several years residence there they came to Union, Oregon, where she lived continuously until in June, when, with her daughter, moved to North Powder to be near the sons living there. In early life she united with the Methodist church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She was a member of Preston W. R. C. No. 22. She was a kind and devoted mother, a good friend and neighbor and to know her was to live her. She had been ill for over six years and was a great sufferer, and death came as a relief. Many friends extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Services a the church were conducted by Rev. Hughes. Services at the cemetery by Preston Women’s Corps, interment by the side of her husband who died several years ago.
Contributed by: Larry Rader