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Thelma Anne Barber Bickford


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Thelma Anne Barber Bickford Obituary
Thelma Anne Barber Bickford died on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014, at St. Francis Hospice Compassionate Care Unit in Trenton, N.J. after a long illness.
She maintained residences in Hamilton Square, Mercer County, and Brick Township, Ocean County, N.J. for the last 35 years of her life.
Thelma was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on November 27, 1922. She was the youngest of six children born to her parents, Jefferson Theodore Barber and Gertrude Ellouise Borden Barber, both originally of Cameron, Steuben County, N.Y.
Thelma was a 1940 graduate of Roselle Park High School in Roselle Park, N.J. She graduated from Union Junior College in 1943 and in 1948 from New York University-Stern, New York City, N.Y., majoring in accounting. Thelma was a member of the Phi Eta Omicron Sorority. In 1978, she earned a master's degree in special education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She continued post-graduate work at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.
As an accountant, she was the first woman hired by the prestigious accounting firm of Haskins & Sells, in New York City, N.Y. Thelma also worked for the Welfare Council, New York City, N.Y., as a director, and the Wander Ovaltine Company in Chicago, Ill., as a vice president. She changed her career from accounting to banking and was the vice president of the Southampton Federal Savings and Loan, Southampton, Long Island, N.Y.
Thelma again changed careers, becoming an educator in 1962, working for: Bellefontaine Schools, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Toledo Schools, Toledo, Ohio; Jackson Township Schools, Jackson, N.J. and finally, Washington Township Schools, Robbinsville, N.J., from which she retired in 1984.
During retirement, she most enjoyed spending time with her family, extensive traveling and historical research and ancestry pursuits due to her direct lineage to several members of the royal families in Europe.
For over 50 years, Thelma was married to Alfred Lewis Bickford, who preceded her death. Thelma is survived by her daughter, Dr. Sally Anne Bickford, and two grandchildren, Garrett Jamison Bickford and Victoria Anne Mesh, all of Hamilton Township, N.J.
Family and friends may call on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J. Services and inurnment will be private at Princeton Memorial Park in Robbinsville, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Thelma's memory to: Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer St., Trenton, NJ 08611. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Trentonian on Mar. 4, 2014
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