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Doris E. Bestwick, formerly of Coolspring Road, Fairview Township, Mercer, passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Avalon Springs Place, Mercer, where she had been a resident. She was 81.
Doris was born in Guys Mills, Pa., on Jan. 27, 1936, a daughter of the late Forest L. and Marjorie B. (Rickard) Bidwell.
On April 25, 1953, she married Jack F. Bestwick, who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1999.
Doris had been employed as an administrative assistant for the Mercer County Area Agency on Aging Inc., retiring in 1989.
She was a member of the Coolspring Presbyterian Church, where she actively participated in church activities and had served as a deacon. She had served on the N.E. Democratic Committee for 30 years.
Doris enjoyed gardening and the moments she was able to visit with her family and friends. Doris along with her husband were avid shuffleboard players and were members of the Florida State Shuffleboard Association, which had recognized them as being shuffleboard semi-pros
Doris is survived by a son, Dale Bestwick of Mercer; two daughters, Deborah E. Snyder of Stoneboro and Donna R. Bestwick of Woodbridge, Va.; a sister, Beverly (Robert) Kennedy of Tavaes, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Bidwell of Green Valley, Ariz. and Gary Bidwel of Meadville; three grandchildren, Kelly Snyder, Stoneboro, Jason Snyder, Norwood, Pa., Nicholas and Kelly Schroth, Mercer and two great grandchildren, Alexander J. Schroth and Francis G. Schroth, Mercer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son-in-law Ronald J. Snyder.
The family has suggested that memorial tributes may be made to the Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 787 Coolspring Church Road, Mercer, PA 16137 or to the Alzheimer's Research, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie PA 16501.

Doris E., 81, formerly of Coolspring Road, Fairview Township, Mercer.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (1-12-18) in the ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 169 Second St., Fredonia. Online condolences at snyderfh.com.
Services: Funeral and committal service will at 11 a.m. Saturday (1-13-18) in the funeral home with Rev. Mark L. Frailey and Rev. Philip Chalfant co- officiating.
Burial: Doris will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fairview Township.
Published on January 10, 2018
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