Elizabeth Bidwell

Elizabeth "Betty" Bidwell
April 17, 1919 - January 20, 2014
Elizabeth "Betty" Bidwell passed away on January 20, 2014 at the age of 94 in Saskatoon. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Eugene "Gene" in 1983, her parents Maximilian Pfefferle and Thersia Pfefferle (Forster) and her siblings Theodore, Max, Matt, Mary (Sister Canisia), Tony, Theresia and Leo. Betty is survived by her sisters Anne Fitzgerald and Dora Finlayson, her children, Ray (Hope) Bidwell, Sheila (John) Palm, Gerald (Peggy) Bidwell, Estelle (Rick) Ward, Kathleen (Rick) Trifunov, and Robert (Fran) Bidwell, sixteen grandchildren, three great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Mom was born in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1919 and raised in Lake Lenore on her parents' farm. Mom was called "Liesel" by her family and friends. She was an active child who had a special way with animals and preferred to play outside with her brothers rather than do household chores. While still in her teens, Mom followed her independent streak by moving away from Lake Lenore to Vancouver to begin working at various jobs. She then moved to Kingston, Ontario to waitress but work at a munitions plant job drew Mom to Ajax, Ontario. She soon returned to work as a waitress in Kingston and after the war returned to Vancouver where she lived until her marriage to Gene Bidwell on July 10, 1954. Betty became Mom to Gene's three children from his first marriage and they added three more children to their family over the years. They lived in Plato, Saskatchewan until 1971 when they moved to Saskatoon. After moving to Saskatoon Mom put her sewing skills to good use and went back to work outside the home at the GWG factory for close to ten years. When Mom retired spending time with her children and grandchildren, family and friends was her greatest joy. She was the first to pitch in and help with whatever work was there, from cooking to dry-walling. Mom was an accomplished cook, baker, seamstress and knitter/crocheter. She donated many toques and mittens to the neo-natal unit at the hospitals and parish charities. Mom was always active in her community and parish including membership in the Catholic Women's League for more than sixty years. Her strong, uncompromising spiritual beliefs and selfless demeanour were evident in everything Mom did. She continued this active, generous lifestyle well into her eighties, bowling, travelling to visit her children and grandchildren, volunteering at St. Francis church and the CWL Clothing Depot. Puzzles, Scrabble and board games with family and friends kept Mom's hands busy to the end. Mom enjoyed her last few years living at St. Ann's Residence. A special thank you to the staff at St. Ann's Home for their kind, generous and thoughtful care in Mom's final days. Vigil for Betty will be held on Thursday January 23 at 7:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 24, 2014 at 11:00 am. Both services will be held at The Chapel at St. Anne's Home, 2910 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK. with Msgr. Ray Senger as celebrant. Rite of Committal to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Catholic Section. If desired in lieu of flowers donations to St. Ann's Senior Citizens Village Corp would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements in care of Cheryl Carlson, MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.mourningglory.ca.

Funeral Home

Mourning Glory Funeral Services
1201 8th Street East Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
(306) 978-5200

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2014