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Helen Bidwell

 Helen Pearce Bidwell, age 85, of Boyle formerly of Greenwood, passed away on Thursday August 30, 2012 at her home. Visitation will be held Monday September 3, 2012 from 5:30PM until 6:00PM at First Baptist Church Boyle. Funeral Services will follow at 6:00PM at First Baptist Church Boyle in Boyle, MS.  Burial will be 10:00AM Tuesday September 4, 2012 at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood. Rev. Clarence Edwards will officiate the services.   Helen was born on September 16, 1926 to Bill and Lela (Yates) Pearce in Greenwood, MS.  She was Greenwood High School graduate and had lived in Greenwood most of her life until moving to be with her daughter 12 years ago. She and her husband owned Delta Sporting Goods in Greenwood for many years. She was very active in her children's life as they were growing up, she was a leader in Girl and Boy Scout troops and attended their sporting events. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood where she was active in the children's ministry. She was currently a member of First Baptist Church Boyle. Ms. Bidwell loved her garden, always willing and wanting to show it to all who came by to visit and in her later years, one of her main concerns was who would show her flower garden. Ms. Bidwell was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth Buford Bidwell and two sons; Kenneth Buford Bidwell, Jr. and George Steven Bidwell.   She is survived by Daughter, Marilyn Givens of Boyle, MS.  Grandsons, Jonathan Bidwell Givens of Boyle, MS, Robert Reed Givens, Jr. of Tampa, FL.  Granddaughters, Katie Blake Trantham of Anniston, AL, Anna Lynn Thompson of New Orleans, LA, and Amanda Thompson of New Orleans, LA.  Great Grandchildren, Jonathan Kade Givens of Eminence, MO, Gabriel Bidwell Givens of Tampa, FL, Peyton Anna Rose Givens of Boyle, MS, Lance Killingsworth of Boyle, MS, Caleb Coleman of Boyle, MS, and David Bastari. Pallbearers will be Grandsons; John Givens and Rob Givens, Russell Peeples, Murray Roark, Bo Gill, Randy McGill, Eddie McGill and Reed Givens. Honorary Pallbearer is Jamie Axthelm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Boyle. Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Helen, your mother was a lovely lady who I remember well. No doubt beautiful on the inside as well as outwardly. Know we had a class together at GHS - you were a grade ahead of me and one of the nicest people I knew. Please accept my sincere sympathy in you loss.

John Pittman - September 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marilyn, I am so sorry to learn of your Mother's death. That sweet cake lady who kept you on your toes! She was a hoot and I loved, loved coming to her house. I know you will miss her terribly, as well as other family members. She was a sweetheart and I enjoyed my visits with her whenever I stopped by the house to pick up my delecious cakes! She was always so friendly and caring....and was never, ever to busy to take a cake order from me....even if was a last minute call. I would always say, "Ms. Helen, are you sure Marilyn won't mind?" "ah, not all, honey." She would just break the news to you when you got home!! And you two would share laughter in your kitchen with cake flour and icing everywhere 'til the wee hours of the morning!! Bless your hearts! I pray that each one of you feel God's presence as you put one foot in front of the other for the next few days. I will miss that smile of hers and her always cheerful voice. She really was a dear, sweet person who had many, many friends and if you weren't her friend, you were before you left her presence! I know you are going to miss her terribly, but I know you have great and wonderful memories that you will cherish and hold dear to your heart. Love and prayers to you and family. David & Peggy Gladden

Peggy Gladden - September 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I pray the God of all Comfort will comfort you in this sorrow, that you will be comforted knowing she now rejoices with her Lord.

Maryann H Stanton - September 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marilyn, condolences for your loss. I know that you have had the opportunity to enjoy your Mom for years since she moved from Greenwood. My love to you and your family. God bless you all. Beulah

Beulah Journey Evans - September 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marilyn, My prayers are with you and your family. Ms. Helen was a fine Christian lady. She is singing praises in heaven right now. Thank you for being such a wonderful neighbor all these years. May God richly bless you and hold you in the palm of HIS hand. Phyllis Farr (Canton, MS)

Phyllis - September 02, 2012 at 09:15 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We grew up together and went to the same school. We were friends. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

William Barrentine - September 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Love to all of you, Janie

Janie Givens Miller - August 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM