On Nov. 18, 2011, Edith Shirley Bacon went to sleep in the hope of Jesus' soon return. She was born on Oct. 23, 1915, to Kathleen (Dersham) and Neil Cole. She was the third of eight children raised on a ranch in eastern Montana.
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Her early years were spent working at the home place, riding her beloved horse, "Sweetheart," and caring for her younger siblings. She began her education in small country schools and later attended Terry High School. But graduation was not to be. On June 3, 1933, she was married to a dark and handsome cowboy, Henry "Bill" Alexander Bacon, who had swept her heart away.
A year later their family began. Billie Vere arrived on Sept. 7, 1934. His darling sister would join them nine years later, on Aug. 16, 1943. Their lives would be filled with hard work, an occasional community dance, and summers spent with Grandad Neil at Fort Peck Lake.
Tragedy struck the family in the winter of 1948. Edith would lose her sister, Doris (in childbirth), her father-in-law, and her husband of 15 years, in the course of only a few months. She was left with two young children, and her newborn nephew to care for.
After the summer of '49, at her dad's fishing cabin on the lake, she returned to Terry and found a job and a place of her own. This is where the story of her life with her Savior begins.
Through the daily lives of her new landlords, she recognized a very different way of life. She wanted to know why they worshiped on Saturday, and were so kind and caring. This led to Bible studies, baptism, and 24 years of complete dedication to spreading the gospel message that she had learned.
On Dec. 31, 1979, she retired from literature evangelism, but she never stopped telling of the hope of salvation. She was active in teaching Sabbath School, working in the Community Services program, delivering Meals on Wheels, and spending endless hours with her grandchildren.
Edith lived out her 96 years crocheting, embroidering, spoiling her pets, and always being her great-grandchildren's biggest fan. She lived the message found in the worn pages of her tattered Bible. She was an inspiration in life and an example to be remembered always.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Bozeman Seventh-day Adventist Church. Interment will follow in Meadow View Cemetery in Manhattan.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2011