OBITUARY - ELGIN PAULINE (MERCER) BISBEY SHIDLER
Elgin BISBEY SHIDLER was born on July 16, 1913 near Clearfield, Iowa and departed this life on Friday, September 17, 1999
at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 86. She was the third child of seven born to Orie Danford and Bessie
(CURRY) MERCER and was named Elgin Pauline.
Elgin received her education in rural schools in Taylor county and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1931 with a
Teachers Certificate. She began teaching in the country schools of Ringggold county in 1934 and continued for twenty-two
years until the "one-room" country schools closed. She then taught fifth grade at Diagonal, Iowa for another twenty-five
While teaching, she continued her own education and received her degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. For
nearly half a century she dedicated her life to education, teaching three generations of some families.
On May 10, 1938 Elgin was united in marriage to Harry E. BISBEY and they established their home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. They
enjoyed 31 years together before his death on April 7, 1969.
On February 14, 1981 Elgin married William F. SHIDLER at Creston, Iowa and they continued to make their home in Mount Ayr
until his untimely death on July 16, 1983.
Elgin has been a member of the First Christian Church in Clearfield and Mount Ayr since 1929. She served as Sunday School
teacher and Church Historian for a number of years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, several Education
Associations and a former member of the Monday Club.
Family was always an important part of Elgin's life and she showered them with love, devotion and gifts. Her nieces and
nephews were dear to her heart and she was known by her family simply and affectionately as "Auntie".
Elgin raised a garden and maintained her own home until the fall of 1997 when some health problems forced her to move to
the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Left to cherish her memory are a brother, Billy B. and wife Norma MERCER of Creston, Iowa; sisters, Marion JETER of
Wichita, Kansas and Nellie SNETHEN of Joplin, Missouri; sisters-in-law Helen MERCER of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Rosalee MERCER
of Grand River, Iowa; step-children George and wife Rachel SHIDLER of Ankeny, Iowa, Sam and wife Bobbye SHIDLER of Cummings,
Iowa and Sue and husband Carl SCHUMACHER of Fayetteville, Arkansas; six step-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; many
other extended family members; and a host of friends.
Those preceding her in death besides her husbands were her parents; her sister Edna May MERCER; her brothers Cecil C. and
Edwin C. MERCER; and brothers-in-law Paul JETER and Jack SNETHEN.
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 20 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Rev. John BRILLO
officiating. Margaret BISHOP gave the eulogy. Music was provided by Mrs. Keith SACKETT, Mary WEBB and Margaret BICKERS.
Casketbearers were Mark SICKELS, Daryl LEFFLER, Alvin SICKELS, Hugh TERWILLIGER, Scott SCHUMACHER, David SHIDLER and Brad
Honorary pallbearers were Laurence BISHOP, Max BUCKNER, Frank MASON, John RYCHNOVSKY, Lee ROUTH, Wayne BUCHNER and Richard
Elgin was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Funeral arrangements were made by Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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