Ardith R. Newman Bickford

March 30, 1922March 15, 2012

Ardith R. Bickford Perry, Michigan

Born March 30, 1922 in Caledonia, MI, the daughter of Fred and Minnie Newman, passed away March 15, 2012 at the age of 89. Ardith worked in the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office for 17 years, before retiring in 1983. She loved music, and as a member of West Locke Wesleyan Church, she would play piano while singing duets with her husband Dale. She also enjoyed camping with her family. Ardith was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Dale F. Bickford in 2008; daughter-in-law Mary Bickford; former son-in-law Gail Taylor; brothers Ray Newman (Helen), Paul Newman (Marjorie), Wayne Newman (Marion) and Morris Newman (Zelona). She is survived by daughter Kay Taylor of Perry and son Dale Bickford Jr. also of Perry; grandchildren Debbie Colpaert (Kent), Denise Jones (Anthony) and Douglas Taylor (Melissa); greatgrandchildren Spencer and Austin Colpaert, Molly, Christopher and Emily Taylor. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012 at West Locke Wesleyan Church, 2652 Haslett Rd., Williamston. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer), 3100 West Road – Bldg. B, Suite 110, East Lansing, MI 48823 or West Locke Wesleyan Church, 2652 Haslett Rd., Williamston, MI 48895.

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  • Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 19, 2012

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Sandy Metzger

March 19, 2012

I will greatly miss your warm smile and the interest you always showed in our family. Ardith and Dale...very special people.

March 19, 2012

Dale, Kaye, Family, Sorry sorry to hear this. She's with her love (Dale) now.

Claudia Peterson

March 19, 2012

There is a special place in my heart for you, Ardith; I will miss you greatly. I rejoice that you are in His comforting arms, and are reunited with Dale.

Merry Perkins

March 19, 2012

I will miss your gentle spirit and the kind words you always had. I hope that you and Doris can get together in heaven for a long chat and some games.

judy curtis

March 19, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.