AUGUSTA -- Marguerite "Tish" Bickford, of Augusta, died Friday, July 5, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on April 15, 1953, in Fairfield, the daughter of Ross and Marguerite Griffin. She was raised and educated in the Waterville school system and went on to earn her tractor-trailer license through formal education in Massachusetts. Later in life, Marguerite earned an associate degree in criminal justice as well as a bachelor's degree in administration of justice.
She was a person who didn't just live a little, she lived a lot. She loved life and had a passion for living that few have.
Prior to an accident in October 1981 that left her paralyzed, Marguerite worked in construction and trucking. She loved to fish and camp in her leisure time as well as spend time with family and close friends. After her accident, Marguerite found comfort in the Jehovah's Witness religion. She became a faithful and true believer in Jehovah. She also enjoyed Maine handicapped skiing, day trips to the ocean, being outside in the sun as well as engaging with and entertaining family and friends with her wisdom and sharp wit. Marguerite had a way of making all who knew her as well as complete strangers feel special. Everyone will mourn the loss of her. Marguerite truly was "one of a kind."
She was predeceased by her parents, Marguerite and Ross Griffin; and her sister, Marjorie Chase.
She is survived by her two daughters, Bobby Young, and partner Kris Noble, of Old Orchard Beach, and Jeri Hume-Trott, of Waterville; grandson Christian Trott, of Waterville; siblings Mary Chase, of Waterville, Marisa Griffin, of Waterville, and Ross Griffin, of Waterville. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Sarah, Jeff, Anna and Joseph Albert, all of Wayne, and Damien, Becka and Anaya Benoit, all of Arundel. Marguerite is also survived by her faithful friend and caregiver of 20-plus years, Evelyn, and husband "cousin" Roger Trask, of Chelsea, and special friend Mike Harrington, of Augusta, as well as several extended family members and best friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the staff of the A4 Oncology floor at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for all the care and comfort provided to Marguerite during her last days.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, 29 Lowell St., 5th floor, Lewiston, ME 04240.
A memorial service has been planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Augusta. The family also will plan a celebration of life at a later date.