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Goodbye to my oldest Living Relative


Ellen E. Bickel

EXETER -- Ellen Elizabeth "Libby" Bickel, 95, formerly of Lincoln Street, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Eventide Home in Exeter.

She was born April 24, 1911, in Tewksbury, Mass., the daughter of the late Eliot Howe and Elizabeth (McCausland) French. She was raised in Massachusetts, moving to Exeter more than 70 years ago.

Mrs. Bickel was well-known for walking to numerous functions and meetings as she was very active with the Exeter Congregational Church and the Women's Fellowship at the Church. She was an honorary member of the Corporation of Eventide, a member of the Exeter Women's Club, a member of the Exeter Historical Society, attended the class reunions at the Radcliffe College in Cambridge into her 90s, and was a volunteer at Exeter Hospital.

The widow of Charles Bickel, who died in 1984, she is survived by one son, Charles E. Bickel of San Francisco; one daughter, Elizabeth B. Hersam of Exeter; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Peter E. French and Wallace H. French.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced in June. Burial will be in the Rural Dale Cemetery, Trenton, Mo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Eventide Home, 81 High St. Exeter, NH 03833.

Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter is handling the arrangements.


Sorry to hear about Libby's death. Sending prayers your way.

Thank you for the kind words Myrtle.

I found Mrs. Bickel's obit while searching for some other general family info. I believe my father knew her. Her mother Elizabeth was my father's great aunt. He was born and raised in Lowell. She must have been a very special lady. I will pass this along to another cousin.

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