Lorene Avis Bickerstaff (97) went to be with the Lord on December 24, 2018.
She is preceded by her loving husband of 77 years, F.F. Bickerstaff and loved by her children John F. Bickerstaff, Virginia Bickerstaff West, Karen Bickerstaff Harris and Ben Edward Bickerstaff.
Lorene was a true servant of the Lord. As a very young girl she searched for more scriptural knowledge in church and Sunday school and spoke often of specific lessons she learned from a favorite teacher. Her Christian commitment was evident in every area of her life. As an outstanding homemaker she successfully raised four children and demonstrated her loyalty to Jesus through visible expressions of serving rather than being served. She created a home filled with love for family and friends.
Lorene has been an active member of the United Methodist Church for more than seventy five years, serving as president of the Wesleyan Service Guild in Tampa, Florida and the Bryson City UMW. She served as president of P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapters in Atlanta, GA and Waynesville, NC. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than sixty years. She also was president of Hydrangea Garden Club, Tampa, Florida.
She was a living example for her four children, 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild and a strong supporter of her husband in his career.
And so we pay tribute to this fine lady who was a shining example of what can be accomplished if we let Christ work in us and through us.
A Memorial Service will be held in January. Details on the location, date and time will be sent to family and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The P.E.O. Foundation and mailed to P.E.O. Executive Office, Treasurer’s Dept., 3700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312.