Marion Bidlack

Obituary of Marion Bidlack

Marion M. "Mim" Bidlack, 86, of 250 Broadway, Newport, passed away on Monday, April 07, 2008, at home. She was the wife of Theron D. "Bud" Bidlack. Born in Newport, on November 29, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret (Sullivan) Goffe. Marion worked at the former Monowatt Plant, Thames Street, in Newport for over 27 years. She retired as a production operator from the Newport Electric Co. in Middletown in 1982. She was a member of the General Electric Quarter Century Club. She was very active with the Newport Lodge of Elks and a member of the Newport Emblem Club #16. She was the Newport Elks Mother of the Year in 1989 and volunteered her time at many Elks functions. She served on the Easton's Beach Commission, was an avid beach goer, and loved to walk. Marion and her husband Bud have been parishioners of St. Joseph's Church for many years. Besides her husband of 67 years, she is survived by her two sons, Donald T. Bidlack of Daytona Beach Shores, FL and Kenneth R. Bidlack of Newport; six grandchildren, Kyle Bidlack, Krista Bidlack Oliveira, Kirstin Bidlack Stahl, Kerry Bidlack, Alison Bidlack, and Donald Bidlack; seven great-grandchildren; her twin sister Helen Shofner and her husband Howard of Shelbyville, TN; many nieces and nephews, and cousins. She was the mother of the late Claudia M. Bidlack. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph's Church, Broadway and Mann Ave.Newport. Burial at St. Columba's Cemetery, Brown's Ln, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 5:00-8:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations in Marion's memory may be given to the Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI, 02840. "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave when life is done. Your life was love and labor, Your love for your family true, You did your best for all of us, We will always remember you."
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