Mary Naomi (Backus) Bishop

Born: Fri., Mar. 30, 1934
Died: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 05, 2019
Location: Brandon Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 06, 2019

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Mary Naomi Bishop, age 84, died Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Our House in Rutland.


Mrs. Bishop was born in Brandon on March 30, 1934. She was the daughter of Ralph and Doris (Webster) Backus. She grew up in Brandon where she received her education and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1952. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Castleton State College, class of 1957. Mary had taught school in Townsend and later in Clarendon Flats. She left teaching and worked as an Aide, at Brandon Training School until 1968, when she joined the staff of Central Vermont Public Service. She had worked for more than 25 years at C.V.P.S. in the payroll and accounting office. She retired in 1994. She had been a member of; Women of the Moose, she belonged to G.E. retiree’s association and was a long-time member of the Brandon United Methodist Church. She loved music and played the Auto Harp. She sang and played at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home for many years. She had also volunteered in the Literacy Program.


Surviving are 2 sons; David F. Davis of Pittsford and Rodney M. Davis of Wallingford, a stepson; Wendall F. Bishop of Juneau, AK and a stepdaughter; Charlotte Bishop Kerr of Forest Dale, 1 brothers; Martin “Marty” Backus of Greenville, SC, 3 sisters; Ethel Lariviere of Whitehall, NY, June Coburn of Rutland Town and Ruth Ann Lafferty of Easley, SC. 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews & cousins also survive her. She was predeceased by her husband Reginald Bishop and 2 brothers; Ellsworth Backus and Ralph Backus.


The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11 AM, at the Brandon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ken Bevan, pastor will officiate. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends, in the church hall, for a time of remembrance.


A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.


Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 4-6 PM.


Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to the Brandon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 55, Brandon, VT or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.

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Wendall Bishop
   Posted Sun March 03, 2019
Liz and I are forever grateful for having Mary in our lives. She loved dad unconditionally and provided constant support that really benefitted him in his later years. We were together with dad when he passed in 1996, and I'll always remember being grateful to not be alone as we hugged and cried and established a special loving bond in that moment. That's when I really felt close to Mary. She respected dad's memory in the 22 years since that night, remembering to send a card for every or anniversary that passed for us and the grandchildren. We regret that military moves kept us from visiting more often, and visits with kids/grandkids/great grandkids were all too rare. Mary touched and blessed so many lives in her time on this earth. We are comforted to know she is now in paradise with the heavenly Father.

Wendall Bishop
   Posted Sun March 03, 2019

Hope and Honor Cross Standing Easel was sent by Wendall Bishop and Family.

In remembrance of a loving women and stepmom - Mary - who is at peace with our Lord this day. With love from Wendall and Liz Bishop, plus our four boys and their families in Alaska.

Dorothy and George Cross
   Posted Sat March 09, 2019
We were saddened to learn that Mary had passed away. We both knew her from our college days at Castleton University. Mary had attended our summer reunions for many years. We always enjoyed visiting with her to catch-up on the news. Our condolences to her family at this difficult time.

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