SANGERVILLE -- Iva M. Bickford died peacefully Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. She was born July 5, 1916, in Kingman, daughter of Rae E. (Larlee) and Fay R. Bishop.
Iva was a devoted daughter, sister and wife, and a much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She devoted her life to family, lived her faith and served her church and community. She had a true gift of hospitality. She believed that all of life was a blessing. Throughout her life, she was a member of the Guilford and Sangerville Methodist churches, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Sangerville. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She and her husband, Frank, created a warm and welcoming home, and their care and concern for others was felt by many.
Iva was the wife of the late B. Frank Bickford. She is survived and will be missed by her brother and wife, Charles and Pat Bishop; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Harry Bridge; grandchildren Jennifer Bridge and Christopher Bridge; great-granddaughter Alecia Bridge; twin great-great-grandsons, Silas and Levon Bridge; brother-in-law Hugh Bickford; sister-in-law Mary Ann Bishop; nieces and nephews; friends and especially neighbors at Oakes Manor in Sangerville, where she resided for the past 30 years. She was also predeceased by her brother, Cleo Bishop; and wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford, with the Rev. Dr. Margaret "Dodie" Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Abbot Village Cemetery. Following the committal, a reception will be held at Abbot Town Hall.
Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Sangerville, P.O. Box 9, Sangerville, ME 04479.
For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.