December 4, 2000
Ruth Ardella Mattson Bidon
Ruth Bidon, age 79, of Woodinville, died Nov. 23, following a long battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Grafton, ND. She married James Langlier Peter Bidon on June 4, 1941.
Together, Jim and Ruth bore and reared nine children. Ruth was always very active. Some of her affiliations included various Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary posts in North Dakota, Minn., and Washington.
While living in Carnation and Woodinville she was also active in the American Legion.
She was active with the Democratic Party and served as a delegate to the "Scoop" Jackson campaign and also was a ballot inspector and judge during various elections.
She was also active as a member of both St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks, and St. John the Baptist in Excelsior, Minn., serving in the Altar Soceity, and active at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Carnation, in the Ladies Guild.
While living in Carnation she was active in the Float Committee and also volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Carnation Fire Department.
As a parent she was involved in the Tolt High School Booster Club.
While employed at the Boeing Company, she was active in the Aerospace Union. Just before her retirement from Boeing, she began her retired career of being a Watkins Dealer and continued right up to her death.
During her retirement, she was a volunteer driver for Group Health Volunteer Services organization. Being creative, and somewhat of an environmentalist, she was featured on Evening Magazine and won First Place at the Evergreen State Fair for her efforts in recycling.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, James Langlier Peter Bidon Sr.; mother and father, Ruby Stone Mattson and Ebert Mattson; brother, Gordon Mattson; daughter, Diana Lou Bidon Andrews; son Edward George Bidon; and two grandsons, Chris and Sean.
She is survived by sisters: Donna McCambridge and Guelma Belter, both of San Diego, and one brother: George Mattson of New Egypt, N.J.; her children, James Langlier Peter Bidon Jr. of Kent, Robert Ednie of Waikolola, Hawaii, Barbara Heald of Monroe, Mark Bidon of Monroe; and 25 grandchildren: Lan, David, Janelle, Jeff, Dan, Holly, Deanna, Jackie, Chip, Kit, Scott, Kelley, Tom, Angie, Beth, Nick, Steve, Doug, Michael, Annie, Gini, Debi, Marty, Benjamin, and Robin.
She is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Carnation Fire Department, the American Cancer Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion.