Obituaries for week of 9-14-11
May 2, 1924 - Sept. 7, 2011
Longtime Madras resident Eileen Bicart, 87, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
A funeral mass and graveside service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras. Burial will be at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park, followed by a luncheon in the parrish hall.
Eileen Helen Findley was born May 2, 1924, in Edler, Colo., to Florence and Iven Findley.
In 1937, the family moved to the Lincoln Heights area of Ontario, Ore., where her father and brothers farmed. Eileen graduated from Ontario High School. She then attended cosmetology school and worked as a beautician in Ontario.
She met Pete Bicart in October of 1942, while both were living in the Ontario area. Pete moved to Madras in 1946, and Eileen followed in 1948 after they were married on Nov. 10, 1948, in The Dalles. She has resided in Madras for the past 63 years.
Eileen worked as a beautician for local shops until 1965 when she struck out on her own. She owned and operated the Hair Works since that time.
Eileen taught her children and grandchildren how to cook, can, sew, knit and garden. She was a 4-H leader for sewing, knitting and gardening, teaching many children in the community these skills.
Eileen enjoyed handicrafts, bowling, fishing, gardening, bridge and playing cards. She traveled around the world, enjoying her hobby of photography. Her greatest love was her family and she was happiest when she was spending time with them.
She was a founding member of the Friendly Neighbor Club, a club started by farm women on the Little Agency Plains. She was also a member of Lady Elks and enjoyed playing cards at the Elks club.
She is survived by her four children, Bruce Clement and his companion, Georgia Kelsay of Madras, Helen Bicart and her husband Jan Foster of Madras, Patrisha Schoggins and her husband Bobby of Levelland, Texas, and Pete Bicart and his wife Judy of Southlake, Texas; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years Pete Bicart; her sister and four brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Hospice, in care of Mountain View Hospital, 470 N.E. A St., Madras, OR 97741.