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Long-time Member Ann Bickford Passed Away in December 2016

Long-time Member Ann Bickford Passed Away in December 2016

Ann Watson Bickford, age 100, of Bethlehem, PA died on December 18, 2016 in Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Edward Davidson Bickford, who died on September 16, 1995.
Ann was born in Buffalo, New York on August 23, 1916, the youngest of three daughters of the late Arnold Beach and Esther (Goodyear) Watson. After spending her childhood in Buffalo, she graduated from Oldfields School in Glencoe, MD. She was married at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY on June 10, 1937.
Having spent the summers growing up at her parents home, Green Bay Camp on Upper Saranac Lake, she and her husband purchased Pine Rock Camp on Markham Point in 1951, a home her family continues to enjoy. While raising five children, she was an avid tennis player reaching the finals of the Connecticut State Championships and winning many tournaments at The Saranac Inn and Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem. Ann enjoyed an early morning paddle on Upper Saranac, gardening, music, reading and loved her many dogs. Above all she enjoyed spending time with her extensive family and life long friends.
Survivors: Ann is survived by four children: daughters Mary Ann Casey of Hobe Sound, FL and Patricia B. Donnelly of Queensbury, NY; sons Edward W. Bickford, husband of Katherine (May) of Dedham, MA and Peter W. Bickford, husband of Katrina (von Herrmann) of Wilton, CT.. She has 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Ann is predeceased by her daughter Susan Bickford Thomas (1972) and her sisters Ellen Watson Spaulding and Esther Watson Crane.
Services: A private funeral service will be held in June, 2017 at St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, Paul Smith’s, NY followed by a burial in the Parish Cemetery.
Contributions: Contributions can be made in memory of Ann to the Bickford Family Fund at the Trudeau Institute, 154 Algonquin Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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