IRENE M. BICKFORD PITTSFIELD – Irene Miner Bickford passed away peacefully May 6, 2009, surrounded by her loving daughter, Janie Bickford; and granddaughter, Lisa Russaw, at Maine Medical Center Intensive Care Unit. She was born July 13, 1927, in Newport, daughter of Winnifred Mitchell Merry and Benjamin F. Miner, both deceased. Irene grew up in the Central Maine area. In her adult life, Irene lived in various places from Maine to Florida to California, but came back to Maine in 1981 and settled near her dear son, Woody, in Etna until 2008 when she moved to Pittsfield. Irene enjoyed going to the shore, being outdoors, e-mailing and talking to her close, longtime friends, Eldon and Phyllis Young of Modesto, Calif., and other family members and friends. She liked to crochet, knit, sew and paint, but what she enjoyed most was her ministry as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Throughout the years, Irene helped many come to a better understanding of Bible truths. Irene was predeceased by her son, Linwood “Woody” Bickford of Etna. Irene is survived by her daughter, Janie Bickford of Etna; sister, Doris Woods of Newport; brother, Benjamin “Buddy” Miner of Beech Island, S.C.; her grandchildren, Lisa Russaw of Etna and her children, Takara and Jamaal; Shawn and Lisa Bickford of Etna and their children, Wayne, Nicholas and Michael; Stephen and Deanne Ward of Corinna and their children, Ryan, Stephen and Damien; Travis Bickford of Etna and his daughter, Ryleigh; and Todd Bickford and Tonya Shaw of Etna and their sons, Dylan and Jadyn; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be given 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Pittsfield Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 582 North Main St., formerly Grove Hill, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, please send condolences and gifts to Jane Bickford, 841 West Etna Road, Etna, ME 04434.