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Marie Elizabeth Bedient 1921-2011 DALTON Marie Elizabeth Bedient, 90, of 65 Beverly Street, Dalton, died December 23 at Mt Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield. Born in Levering, Mich. on Feb. 20, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Morton and Georgia (Schmalzried) Pangborn. She was a graduate of Pellston, Mich. High School. She worked in the Admissions Office at the University of Michigan for a number of years before moving to Lancaster, Pa. in 1959 where she earned a BA degree at Millersville College in Millersville, Pa. She was an active member of the Grandview United Methodist Church in Lancaster and was active in the Manheim Twp. Ambulance Association and served several years as its president. For many years, she read local newspapers on the Lancaster Association for the Blind radio station and was active in several programs in the Lancaster Council of Churches. She played an active role in the Faculty Wives organization at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and in its Infirmary Auxiliary. On Nov. 28, 1943 she married Phillip E. Bedient; they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2011. She and her husband moved to Dalton in 2002 to live nearer to their family. She was predeceased by her brother, John C. Pangborn of Midland, Mich. She is survived by her husband, Phillip, of Dalton; her son Richard E. Bedient and his wife Elizabeth of Clinton, N.Y.; and her daughter Mary Bedient-Wood of Dalton. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Kate Bedient and Christopher Barnes of Seattle, Wash., Adam Bedient of Brooklyn, N.Y., Abigail and Lucas Polidoro of Dalton, and Lydia and John Short of Boston; and her great-grandson, Henry Phillip Polidoro, of Dalton. Funeral arrangements will be private with her ashes to be interred in the Bedient family plot in Carp Lake Cemetery in Levering, Mich. A memorial service is planned for the spring in Lancaster, Pa. at Grandview Church. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 30, 2011
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