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Mary Elizabeth (Bickel) Smith


March 3, 2017

Mary Elizabeth (Bickel) Smith, 100, of Yuma, Arizona passed away on January 28, 2017 at Kindred Home LLC. She had been a resident of Copper Place for the last 2½ years.

Mary was born on April 24, 1916 in Breckenridge, Michigan to Hugh and Emma McCallum. After graduating from High School in 1934, she married Howard Bickel. They resided in Breckenridge until they moved to Worland, Wyoming in 1948. She was an avid seamstress and worked for Marvin's Men Store performing all forms of alterations. Additionally, she was s Salesperson for the Hazel Dress Shop and ultimately became a Cosmetologist for Graham's Drug Store. After Howard's retirement, they spent several years as winter visitors in Yuma, Arizona where he passed away in l979. Mary moved to Yuma as a permanent resident in l980. She married Ernest Smith in 1984 and they spent their summers in Prescott Valley and winters in Yuma until Ernest passed away in l988. Mary was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worland as a Sunday school teacher and a member of Women's Guild, a member of Wyoming Extension Club, Order of Eastern Star and Rebekah's. As a resident of Yuma, she was a member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and a hospital auxiliary member (Pink Lady) for Yuma Regional Medical Center for 15 years.

Mary loved to crochet and cross stitch, but her real love was to use her sewing machine. She made clothes for everyone - daughter, grandchildren and others; she also enjoyed making crafts and quilts. For an evening of fun and conversation, she loved to have people in her home to play dice and card games.

She is survived by her son, Roger (Kappy) Bickel, of Yuma and daughter, Dee Ann (Ben) Dixon, of Greeley, Colorado. She dearly loved her six grandchildren, Pam (Glenn) Orendorff of Yuma, Stephanie (Pride) Carter of Merriam, Kansas, Jennifer (Wayne) Matthews of Yuma, Debbie (Steve) Howell of Tonganoxie, Kansas, Courtney (Dallas) Kerschen of Kersey, Colorado, Andy (Lindsey) Dixon of Greeley, Colorado and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husbands, two brothers, and a son, Glenn Bickel, preceded Mary in death.

A Celebration of Life was held on February 1, 2017 at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, Yuma or Hospice of Yuma.

Yuma Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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